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Held by Somali pirates over a year, 14 Crew members rescued

2012-07-18 03:16:14 GMT2012-07-18 11:16:14(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Yu Runze, Sina English

As early as in December 2010, a Taiwan fishing boat, Xu Fu-1 was hijacked by Somali pirates, aboard were 26 crew members, among them 13 from the Chinese mainland, 1 from Taiwan and the other 12 from Vietnam.

Chinese government paid high attention to the hijack. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, alongside with Taiwan Affairs Office, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Communication and the local government, made all-out rescue efforts to ensure the safety of captured crew.

With the joint efforts, the 26 crew members were rescued on July 17, 2012. A Chinese naval ship on escort mission at Gulf of Aden and off the Somalia waters has taken over the crew members and will be sending them to Tanzania. 

Foreign Ministry instructs China's Embassy in Tanzania to offer help to the rescued crew, providing them with dwelling, medical treatment, and helping them back home.

Related news:

10 Chinese fishermen in the hands of Somali pirates for three month

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