6 out of 7 seamen from Somalia back in RP

  Posted by Admin on 30th of January 2009 02:40 pm                                   Source Information: UFS.PH

MANILA, Philippines -- Six out of seven Filipino seamen who were held hostage by the Somalian pirates last Nov. 18 on board a bulk carrier of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport this morning.

Dominador Genesela 64, chief officer of the cargo vessels with 18 other foreign seafarers, said that while they were cruising the Gulf of Aden, North of Somalia pirates took over their ship and ordered the captain to dock the vessel in Somalia.

Genesela said there were 25 seamen on board the vessels – seven Filipinos, seven Indian, seven Iranians, two Ganians and two Pakistanis.