A GREENPEACE worker, from North Devon, has been held hostage by Russian authorities on a ship off the coast of Russia.
Alex Harris, 27, from Dolton was taking part in her first Greenpeace campaign when the ship she was working on was stormed by Russian troops last week.
Greenpeace has confirmed the ship was seized after four activists tried to board a Russian oil platform to prevent drilling activity and has been taken to Murmansk.
Initially the crew were being held at gunpoint according to Greenpeace.
Alex’s dad Cliff, 63, an agronomist, said he and his wife Linda, 55, had been very concerned but have now heard from Alex via text which has reassured them.
He said on Tuesday: “We are a lot less concerned than we were, we have heard from Alex last night and this morning saying she is ok and that they hope it will be the ship that is charged rather than individuals.
“We are hoping she will be alright now.”
Alex has been based with Greenpeace in Australia as a communications officer for the past couple of years.
Cliff said he and Linda had seen Alex in Oslo before the campaign started.
He said: “She was really looking forward to it an thought she might she polar bears, not obviously turn into this.
Cliff understands the campaigners were protesting against the fact the oil rig has no precautions in place if there is an oil spill.