The Chinese fishing vessel Tianyu No. 8, held by pirates in Somali waters since last year, was released Sunday.
The Chinese fishing vessel Tianyu No. 8, held by pirates in Somali waters since last year, was released Sunday, with 24 crew on board safe, the Foreign Ministry said in Beijing in a statement.
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The vessel , owned by China's Tianjin Ocean Fishing Company, was safely released at around 5 p.m. Beijing time on Sunday, and was "under the protection" of the Chinese naval escort fleet patrolling the Gulf of Aden after it was released, said the ministry.
The crew of 16 Chinese (including one from Taiwan) and 8 foreign sailors, was going to get provisions and a physical examination, said the statement.
The escort fleet would also accompany Tianyu No. 8 to safe waters, said the ministry.
The Foreign Ministry again warned Chinese ships and sailors against approaching or entering waters off Yemen, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania to avoid possible accident.