ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — More than 280 crew of the Argentine naval sailing ship, Libertad, have boarded an Air France plane to take them home.
The sailors have been in Accra since Oct. 2 after a Ghana court ruled to keep the Libertad at Tema Port following an order served by a United States investment group NML.
Argentina chartered the plane to fly the crew home after failing to persuade the government to release the three-masted tall ship.
The Libertad is worth about $20 million, according to investors who persuaded the courts in Ghana seize the vessel for nonpayment of bonds that Argentina defaulted on during its devastating financial crisis more than a decade ago.
The ship's captain and a skeleton crew will stay behind to maintain the ship at port in Ghana.