The MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew imprisoned in India

In October 2013 35 crewmen of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, were without charge for straying into Indian waters whilst carrying what Indian police claimed to be illegal weapons without permission. Despite providing all weapons’ certification and the relevant paperwork proving they were providing maritime security to merchant vessels and protecting seafarers in some of the most dangerous seas in the world, they have now been found guilty of these crimes and jailed in India for five years.

The men are innocent under international maritime law and experienced maritime lawyers support the Mission’s case. There has been a gross miscarriage of justice.

The Mission has been supporting the families from the beginning of their ordeal, over 1,000 days ago. The Mission has provided financial assistance of over £20,000 and pastoral care.

The families of the men have launched a fund through The Mission to Seafarers - which you can access here - to raise the vital monies needed to appoint a legal team and cover expenses for the appeal which will be held in October 2016.  There is also a petition online that you can access by clicking here, which has nearly 400,000 signatures.

Lisa Dunn, sister of Nick Dunn, one of the six British guards in prison in Chennai, said: “We ask you all today to help the Mission raise the profile of this case and make a donation. We ask you to please speak out for the innocent crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio.”