The tanker was detained in the seas of West African country Equatorial Guinea last August.
Nurse-turned-entrepreneur James Mathew, the owner of the stall located near Panambalam at Arppookara, narrates the tale that began more than 10 years ago.
Abhilash had started his trip for the ongoing Golden Globe race in September 2022 on his yacht ‘Bayanat’, sponsored by a UAE firm.
With this, he came the second of the four sailors who are in the title contention to go round the Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet.
The race is a non-stop, solo yacht race around the globe, without using modern technology and with no other assistance.
The ruling party expects that the arrest of the sailors will give it the upper hand in the election.
Nigeria is adamant that the sailors should be tried in court. The charges against them will be slapped once they reach the country.
The owners of the ship and legal experts have already reached Nigeria for negotiation.
It is learned that half of the 16 Indian sailors aboard the vessel were handed over to Nigeria on Friday.
V Muraleedharan has said EAM monitoring situation, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria abiding by international norms.