Twelve Vietnamese crew return home after 18 months in captivity
HANOI, June 25 — Twelve Vietnamese crew held by Somali pirates for more than 18 months returned to Hanoi on Tuesday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The crew were working on Taiwan’s fishing vessel Shiuh Fu-1 in the Indian Ocean when they were attacked by Somali pirates in December 2010.
They were released on July 17 last week and together with other foreign crew members were taken to Dar Es Salaam port in Tanzania by a Chinese naval ship.
During their custody, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry had sought help fromits representative offices in Asia, Africa and Europe to coordinate with relevant authorities to ensure the crew's safety. — Bernama