Government presents consolation money to released sailor

Taiwan's government has given NT$100,000 (over US$3,100) in consolation money to a Taiwanese sailor who was held captive by Somali pirates for four and a half years.

The sailor -- Shen Jui-chang -- arrived in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou early on Tuesday morning and was reunited with his wife and daughter. He later returned to his home in Keelung, northern Taiwan.

Shen was the engineer on the Naham 3 an Oman-registered vessel that was hijacked by Somali pirates near the Seychelles on March 27, 2012. It was confirmed last weekend that the release of 26 Asian hostages had been secured after 18 months of negotiations. They included citizens of China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-Yung, Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang and lawmaker Tsai Shih-Ying visited the recently released Sailor on Sunday. They presented him with the consolation money on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen.

Hsu said that the released sailor appeared to be malnourished but was in good spirits.

Source: Radio Taiwan International