19 Months were Needed for the Hijacked Vietnamese Seafarers

By Piracy

Crew members of a Taiwanese fishing vessel that was hijacked and released by Somali pirates after almost 19 months in captivity returned to Vietnam on Tuesday.
The crew of the registered in Taiwan vessel FV Shiuh Fu No. 1 were met at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport by their families, relatives and dozens of local reporters.
The seafarers were informated to be in good health condition.
The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry in a Jul, 18 statement on its website told that the crew members were freed by Chinese Naval vessels patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters.
It gave no more information about the rescue operation.
The registered in Taiwan vessel was seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia on Dec 25, 2010. 13 Chinese and a Taiwanese made up the rest of the crew members.
The 12 Vietnamese are natives of Nghe An and Ha Tinh regions.
Taiwan's Foreign Ministry stated it had helped in ransom talks among the vessel's owner and the pirates, though it too didn't say whether a ransom was paid. It also thanked China for its support.