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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 7:48
Sister of one of the Sri Lankan crew members on the ship hijacked by Somalian pirates speaks to Hiru
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The sister of a Sri Lankan officer who was on the ship along that was hijacked by Somali pirates, has requested for their immediate rescue.

She made this request during an interview with Hiru news.

It is confirmed that there are 8 Sri Lankans crew members on the Dubai Vessel - Aries-13, which was hijacked by Somali pirates.

Director General of the Commercial Naval Secretariat Office A.W. Senevirathna said the captain of the ill-fated vessel is also a Sri Lankan.

This is the first time Somali Pirates have hijacked a commercial vessel since 2012.

Reuter News reported that Aries-13 was transporting crude oil from Djibouti to Mogadishu at the time of the hijacking.

It was originally reported that the vessel was flying a Sri Lankan flag but later a Navy Media Spokesman Lieutenant commander Chaminda Walakuluge said the vessel was not registered here.

Meanwhile, the Commercial Naval Secretariat Office stated that the current location of Aries-13 cannot be traced due to a communication failure.

However Reuters reported that a hijacked oil tanker is docked in Alulae port in Somalia.

The European Union Navy Brigade has launched a search operation in the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry stated that it has been taking necessary measures to contact naval authorities and country missions of the respective countries to assure safety and welfare of the victims.

The Director General of the Commercial Naval Secretariat Office, A.W. Senevirathna said details about the Sri Lankan crew members being held hostage will be made public through media.

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