|05 February 2011
Pirates Of Somalia: As South Korean Captives Return Home A New Ship From China Hijacked
Two days after the crew of a South Korean ship return home having
been freed from their hijacked by Somali pirates, a Chinese commercial
vessel has been capture off the coast of Yemen.
While few details of the new hijacking have been released,
yesterday the Chinese military attache based in Yemen stated that
earlier that day a ship raided as it traveled from the al- Hudaida
port in Yemen.
As it rolled over the Red Sea the 22 crew members of the “Tien Hau”
where overwhelmed by the pirates who attacked the ship 11 nautical
miles out from the coast of Yemen.
Once in control of the ship, the pirates then directed the vessel to be taken to the coast of Somalia where it rests.
The frequency of ships being hijacked has been increasingly
worrying authorities with 53 vessels hijacked in 2010. According to
figures the cost to the industry has increased exponentially. In 2005
the figure paid in ransom money to pirates was $150,000. Last year that
figure had escalated to $5.4 million.
Two days earlier South Koreans celebrated the return of 7 crew
members who were aboard the ‘Busan’ when on January 15, 2011 Somali
pirates boarded their ship holding them hostage for 6 days until they
were rescued by the Navy.
It was a bitter sweat moment for the crew as they returned home
having watched their Captain being shot at point blank range. From
January 15 to January 21 the crew were held at gun point, being beaten
day by day.
Yet the crew undermined the demanded of the pirates as it was
directed to the coast of Somalia. In a daring act of defiance the South
Koreans attempted to destroy the rudder, to disable the ship and
deliberately steered the ship to an alternate destination.
The siege ended when the South Korean Navy launched an ambitious raid on the ship freeing the crew.
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