Sunday, October 23, 2016
26 Asian Sailors Released After Ransom, Somali Pirate Says
A total of 26 Asian sailors were held hostage for more that four years. Recently, the last of a ransom was paid that was keeping these sailors captive. The captive sailors were from numerous countries including: Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, and the Philippines. All of them were held by Somalis pirates. The ransom was for a total of $1.5 million, however, the claim couldn't be verified. The sailors were taken back to their homeland by U.N. humanitarian flights. although, not everyone seemed to make it out alive. One sailor died during the hijacking while two others had passed away from illnesses in captivity. Now, the remaining sailors are undergoing treatment and spending quality time with their loved ones.