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Dutch navy frees German ship from pirates

Dutch navy frees German ship from pirates

The Dutch Defense Ministry says one of its Navy frigates has freed a German merchant ship and its 15-strong crew from pirates off the coast of Somalia.
The ministry says the Dutch frigate Tromp's Lynx helicopter fired on the captured freighter's brige and marines slid down ropes onto the German ship, the mv Taipan.
They arrested 10 pirates who had boarded the ship on Monday morning about 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of Somalia.
The German ship's crew members had locked themselves into a secure area of the ship and were unharmed. One Dutch marine was slightly injured during the boarding.
The Defense Ministry statement says that despite damage to its bridge, the German container ship was able to resume its voyage.


Updated : 2021-04-15 16:05 GMT+08:00