3 RP seafarers freed; 53 others remain in Somalia

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Monday afternoon that three Filipinos on board a Chinese fishing vessel were freed by Somali pirates over the weekend.

The 24-member crew, including the three Filipinos, of FB Tianyu No. 8 were released by Somali pirates on Sunday after ship owners allegedly paid a ransom. The Chinese fishing boat was hijacked by pirates last November 14 as it crossed the Gulf of Aden.

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