Two Croatian sailors have finally arrived back home in Croatia after being held as prisoners in Papua New Guinea for the past three months. A third sailor, who has also been freed, is yet to arrive home because he is seeking unpaid wages.
The three Croatian sailors were held on board a Papua New Guinean registered tug boat, when they, together with the rest of the crew and staff, had their documents and work permits confiscated by the boats bosses. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sorted out necessary documents last week for the released sailors. “All in all it was horrible, but we came through it ok, we each lost around 15-20 kgs. We have not been paid our wages, but we will try in some way to get it through an agency in Australia,” said sailor Nenad Curkovic to Croatian TV dnevnik on his return to Croatia on Sunday.