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Taiwan confirms seizure of fishing boat by Somali pirates
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 02 - 04 - 2010


Taiwan on Friday confirmed that a Taiwan fishing
boat had been seized by Somali pirates and was being towed towards
Somalia, according to dpa.
"Our representative office in South Africa has contacted the
missing fishing trawler, the Jih Chun Tsai 68," Foreign Ministry
spokesman Henry Chen said. "Captain Wu Yu-lai said the boat was
seized by Somali pirates, was being towed to Somalia, but the crew
were safe."
Taiwan has contacted several international and national maritime
organizations to "seek help to rescue the Jih Chun Tsai," he added.
The deep-sea tuna trawler is carrying a Taiwan captain along with
two Chinese and 11 Indonesian crew members. It was attacked by Somali
pirates on Wednesday along with another Taiwan fishing boat, the Jui
Man Fa, which managed to escape.
In recent years, five Taiwan fishing trawlers have been seized by
Somali pirates. They were released after the ship owners paid ransoms.
Taiwan has warned its fishing boats and cargo ships to stay away
from the Somali coast and the Gulf of Aden.


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