Friday, November 9, 2007

Navy to Help Crew Ship Freed by Somali Privates

I read in the USA Today that Somali pirates released a Taiwanese fishing vessel they held for more than five months, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman said. A warship escorted the Ching Fong Hwa 168 out of Somali waters, and naval personnel gave the crew food and medical aid, said Cmdr. Robertson of U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain. Two ships hijacked in May were freed Sunday after naval personal spoke to the pirates by radio. The Navy was in contact with two remaining ships held in Somali waters, Robertson said. "We encourage pirates to leave the ships," she said "We tell them, "you get in the skiff, you leave, you do not take any hostages.

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