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Friday, 17 March 2017 - 19:13
Hijacked vessel reaches Bosaso port after it was released by Somali pirates - Sri Lankan crew express gratitude to HIRU for its role to save them
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The Sri Lanka crew of the hijacked vessel Aries-13 which was released by Somali pirates shared their ordeal with HIRU.

They joined in a telephone conversation with HIRU while the vessel is heading towards Bosaso port.

Chief Engineer of Aries-13, Jayantha Kalubowila said that the pirates reached their vessel under the guise of fishermen and later overpowered the vessel.

The crew of the hijacked vessel told our news team yesterday afternoon that nearly 70 Somali pirates were on board.

The crew also requested our news team to inform Sri Lankan government to intervene in the matter and talk to Somali government and urge Somali authorities to remove their security cordon from the hijacked vessel as that could have risked the lives of the Sri Lankan crew as well.

Later our sister station HIRU TV was able to connect deputy foreign minister Dr. Harsha de Silva over the phone during its main news bulletin at 7pm.

Meanwhile, our news team enquired Chief Engineer of the hijacked vessel Aries-13 Jayantha Kalubowila why they resorted to call HIRU new team while in pirates’ capture.

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