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   Dong Won-Ho 628, S Korean ship, seized off Somalia

Andrew MWANGURA mercredi 5 avril 2006



Mombasa, 5 04 06

Pirates have seized a South Korean fishing boat off the coast of Somalia - the latest in a series of such attacks.

The Dong Won-Ho 628, with a crew of 25, was fishing with two other South Korean boats in international waters, when two speedboats landed attackers on board.

US and Dutch naval ships gave chase, but held off when they saw the fishing boat crew threatened with guns.

The boat is now in Somali territorial waters, but the Dong Won company says the crew is reported safe.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that eight attackers had boarded the 361-tonne vessel.

The Dong Won-Ho 628, with a crew of 25, was fishing with two other South Korean boats in international waters, when two speedboats landed attackers on board on 1st April 2006.

US and Dutch naval ships gave chase, but held off when they saw the crew of the fishing vessel threatened with guns.

The 25 Seafarers in captivity are comprised of 9 Indonesians, 8 Koreans, 5 Vietnamese and 3 Chinese.

The Dong Won fishing company has a fleet of about 53 fishing vessels.

It is not yet known whether a ransom demand has been made in this case.

Andrew Mwangura
Programs Co-ordinator
Seafarers’ Assistance Program



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