February 09, 2011

Keummi Released

Asia One News "Somali pirates have released a South Korean fishing vessel that was hijacked four months ago with 43 sailors aboard, the country's foreign ministry said Wednesday." via AFP

'The 241-ton trawler Keummi 305 is sailing to international waters after being freed, the ministry said in a statement.

'The crab fishing vessel carrying two South Koreans, two Chinese and 39 Kenyans was hijacked on October 9 in the Indian Ocean off the Kenyan island of Lamu.

'The vessel and its crew had been taken to a pirate stronghold in northern Somalia.

'Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed foreign ministry official as saying no ransom was paid. The vessel's owner went bankrupt due to financial troubles, complicating ransom negotiations.'

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