Pirates release Thai fishing vessel after 8 months

The European Union Naval Force says that Somali pirates have appear to have released a Thai fishing vessel and its 28 crew eight months after the ship was hijacked.

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2011, 00:07 AM IST

Nairobi: The European Union Naval Force
says that Somali pirates have appear to have released a Thai
fishing vessel and its 28 crew eight months after the ship was
hijacked.

Today`s press release says the circumstances
surrounding the release of the Tai Yuan 227 were unclear but
that the owner of the ship had received a call from the master
saying it had been freed, although he did not know why. The EU
had not had direct contact with the ship.

The vessel has 28 crew onboard from China, Vietnam,
the Philippines, Kenya and Mozambique. It was pirated on May
6, 2010, northeast of the island nation of the Seychelles.

The crew was provided with fresh food and water by a
US warship after the release. The vessel is currently sailing
away from Somalia.

PTI