Dutch navy frees hijacked German merchant ship
The Dutch naval frigate Tromp Lynx intervened to free a hijacked German merchant ship and arrested 10 pirates off the coast of Somalia, the Netherlands' Defense Ministry said Monday.
In a statement, the ministry said that the Dutch navy received an emergency call from the German container ship MS Taipan Monday morning, which was attacked by pirates in an area around 500 nautical miles east of the Somali coast.
The Dutch marines tried to negotiate a peaceful release but failed. After that, a crew of the Dutch marines fired and boarded the ship. Ten prates were arrested, none of the 15 crew members including two German of the MS Taipan was harmed, but one Dutch marine got a slight injury.
The German ship can continue its course independently despite some damage.