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Ship crew returns to Belgium after piracy ordeal

Ship crew returns to Belgium after piracy ordeal

Crew members of the Pompei dredger have returned to Belgium a week after their boat was released by Somali pirates.
Dutch Captain Hendrik Toxopeus said Monday his crew is happy to be free from their 10-week ordeal.
He says they "did not sleep for days at a time" because of intimidation by the pirates.
The 10-member crew included two Belgians, three Filipinos and four Croatians.
The ship's owners reportedly paid a ransom of around $3 million to the pirates last week.
The ship had been on its way to South Africa when it was captured by armed pirates in April off Somalia's coastline.
Three crew members returned home to Belgium on Monday after leaving their ship in an Oman port.


Updated : 2021-10-19 20:24 GMT+08:00