A group of Nigerian stowaways claim the crew of the bulker Ophelia killed two of them, and then abandoned the rest.

According to the Head of Liberia’s Joint Security Task Force in Grand Kru, Chris Teah, who spoke to local media, the ship had left Lagos, and was less than a mile from the coast when six Nigerians swam ashore.

The stowaways said that there were 14 Nigerians, who were heading to Japan. When they were discovered by the crew, they claim that they were sprayed with hot water.

What is more, two of the stowaways were killed in unexplained circumstances, Mr. Teah reported, adding that the remaining stowaways claim to have been thrown into the sea.

Liberian authorities rescued six more men, but the crew have not yet given their side of the story.