Crew of fishing boat held by Somali pirates arrives in Kenya

The crew of a Taiwanese-owned fishing vessel captured by Somali pirates four years ago has arrived in Nairobi, Kenya.

It was reported that the crew was released after the pirates received a ransom payment. One Taiwanese national, the vessel's chief engineer Shen Jui-chang, will fly to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou before returning to Taiwan.

Somali pirates hijacked the fishing vessel near Seychelles in March of 2012. The vessel later sank. The crew included citizens of China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

According to Taiwan's foreign ministry, the captain, another Taiwanese national, was killed by pirates on March 28th, 2012.

The crew was held hostage for nearly five years, the second-longest period a crew has been held since the current wave of Somali piracy began.

The 26 sailors will receive physical check-ups in Kenya before returning home. An official from Taiwan's representative office in South Africa has arrived in Kenya to offer assistance.

Source: Radio Taiwan International