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News: S Korean Fishing Vessel Released By Pirates

February 9, 2011 - 15:17:47 UTC

FV Golden Wave, also known as Keummi 305, released from pirate control early 9 February
The South Korean fishing vessel, FV GOLDEN WAVE, with 43 sailors aboard, including 39 Kenyans, 2 Chinese and 2 South Koreans, was released after four months of captivity in Somalia on Wednesday 0900 (local time), stated Seoul's foreign ministry and a local industry source in Kenya.

The 241-ton trawler GOLDEN WAVE, also known as KEUMMI 305, which was hijacked by Somali pirates on 9 October 2010, and all the crew members were freed around 0900 local time, 0600 UTC (1500 Korean time), the source told Yonhap News Agency, citing a phone conversation with one of the 39 Kenyan sailors aboard.

EU NAVFOR is reported to understand that the crew are in need of food, water and medical aid, and at the request of the South Korean Government, an EU NAVFOR warship is currently heading toward the vessel to render immediate SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) assistance.

(Image: EUNAVFOR.eu)

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