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Friday, 17 March 2017 - 7:34
Somali pirates release the hijacked ship, with 8 Sri Lankans crew members on board - “It was rebirth evading death” - The Captain of the ship expresses gratitude to Hiru
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The hijacked  Aries 13 vessel with the Sri Lankan captain and crew on board  was released by Somali pirates last night.

The crew comprised of 8 Sri Lankans, and it is noteworthy that the ship was released without condition.

The hijacking incident marks the first, by Somali pirates since 2012.

The released ship is currently en route to Bossaso harbour in Somalia.

Expressing his views to Hiru news, second officer Dileepa Nishan Anuranga noted that measures are been taken for a hand over to the company that owns the ship.

Second officer Anuranga, on behalf of the captain, expressed his gratitude towards Hiru for the support provided with the rescue of the ship and the crew ,who were unharmed.

He added that officials of Somalia have organized a function in order to welcome the crew.

The hijacked ship was anchored off  the Alula harbour, which is located in Puntland , a semi –autonomous region of Somalia.

The Captain of the ship, Nicolas Anthony told Hiru News yesterday, that there were nearly 70 pirates on board the ship.

the captain had requested that  the Somali government withdraw the security forces deployed around the ship.

During this instance, immediate action was taken with the involvement of President Maithreepala Sirisena, to hold discussions with the Somali government.

The President, had informed the Navy commander to take action accordingly, and the Joint Naval forces had contacted the Somali maritime police requesting them to withhold launching an attack on the ship.

The crew members of the ship noted that shooting at Aries 13 had endangered their lives.

However, following diplomatic efforts, the rescue mission commenced where discussions were held with the pirates, navy and Somali semi-autonomous government mediators.

The fuel carrying vessel was hijacked by pirates when it was en route to Somalia from Djibouti last Monday.

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