Taiwan: Fishermen fought off pirates, retook boat

AP News
Posted: Nov 06, 2011 9:07 AM
Taiwan: Fishermen fought off pirates, retook boat

Taiwan says fishermen on a Taiwanese boat fought back against Somali pirates and freed themselves after a hijacking in the Indian Ocean.

Some of the 28 crew on the Chin Yi Wen overcame the hijackers then the boat met up with British anti-piracy vessels nearby. Three crew had minor injuries.

The government news agency said the fight happened about 4 a.m. Sunday Taiwan time (2000 Saturday GMT). That was some 48 hours after the boat was reported missing.

The Central News Agency report cited the island's Fisheries Agency. It said the 260-ton Chin Yi Wen is now heading to Port Victoria in the Seychelles.

Piracy is rife off the Somali coast. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991.