Somali Pirates Free Men Held For Four Years

Somali piracy has declined since its height in 2012.
Somali piracy has declined since its height in 2012.

Somali piracy has declined since its height in 2012.

Four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel by Somalia pirates nearly five years ago have been released, the UN and local officials have said. The four were among 24 crew members seized in April in 2010 after pirates hijacked the Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel FV Prantalay 12. “We collected them from a remote area,” Omar Sheikh Ali, an official in Somalia’s central Galmudug administration, said. “They called their families by phone and cried and cried and cried,” he said. It is not known wether any Ransom was paid for their releases. One unconfirmed report claims $150,000 was handed over while another says $1 million was paid. UN special representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay said the FV Prantalay 12 was used by the pirates as a base before it capsized in July 2011. The remaining crew members were taken ashore, he said. He said six members of the original crew of 24 died of illness, while another 14 from Myanmar were released in May 2011.

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