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    Trapped At Sea, Tanker Captain Craved Salvation From Libya Rebels

    Wochit Headline News

    by Wochit Headline News

    Pakistani sea captain Mirza Noman Baig knew he was trapped when dozens of fighters armed with rifles boarded his tanker just off a rebel-held port on Libya's coast. A militia from the country's restive east forced his crew to load oil onto Baig's vessel, the Morning Glory, and demanded they escape the navy before the ship was stormed by U.S. special forces on March 16, according to his account of events. After their two-week journey, the 38-year-old captain and his crew are now being held at a police facility in a southern area of the Libyan capital. Authorities plan to send them home after concluding an investigation into the attempted sale of the oil by the rebel militia, who are campaigning for a greater share of petroleum wealth and more eastern autonomy.