Skip to comments.Italian navy aids ship freed from Somali pirates (Ransom Paid)
Posted on 11/26/2011 7:16:18 PM PST by Pan_Yan
ROME An Italian navy ship on Saturday came to the aid of a merchant vessel released by Somali pirates after over seven months in captivity, with news reports saying a ransom was dropped from a small plane.
The 225-metre (738-foot) vessel belonging to Naples-based Perseveranza had been on its way from Brazil to Iran with a cargo of soybeans when it was seized by pirates off the coast of Oman on April 21 and taken back to Somalia.
"In five or six days the crew will probably be back in Italy," Carlo Miccio, a representative of Perseveranza, told reporters.
The newspaper said a ransom had been paid but did not specify the sum, saying only that it was dropped onto the ship by a plane.
Somali pirates still hold at least 27 large vessels, 19 smaller ones and a total of more than 450 seafarers, according to Ecoterra International, a non-governmental group monitoring maritime activity in the region.
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And just exactly WHY are guns not allowed on merchant ships?
So only the pirates can have them?
How about molotov cocktails??- a few hundred slingshot over to the pirate ships may make them think twice