China says ship reported hijacked by Somali pirates safe

The ship, with 22 people aboard, was now under the escort of China`s Navy.

Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 09:59 AM IST

Beijing: China said on Sunday that its state media report of a Chinese-flagged commercial ship being hijacked by pirates off the coast of Yemen was not correct and that the ship was safe.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency on Sunday cited a Chinese military attaché in Yemen as saying the Hong Kong-registered Tien Hau had been attacked by Somali pirates. But the China Marine Rescue Centre later said the report was wrong and the ship was simply followed by a suspicious-looking vessel and not hijacked.

The centre said the Tien Hau with 22 people aboard was now under the escort of China`s Navy, which is part of a multinational anti-piracy effort patrolling one of the world`s busiest shipping lanes.
Piracy off Somalia has flourished since the African nation`s government collapsed in 1991.

Bureau Report