An oil tanker carrying one Korean sailor on board was released after being hijacked by pirates in waters off West Africa earlier this week, Seoul’s foreign ministry, says an article published on koreatimes.
Waters south of Ivory Coast
The 4,300-ton Singapore-registered tanker Success 9, carrying 20 crew members, including the Korean national, was hijacked by pirates in waters south of Ivory Coast at 11:00 p.m. on Monday (Korea time), according to the ministry.
The authorities got in contact with the Korean crew member at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and found that all the pirates fled after having stolen cargo and the crew’s personal belongings. All crew members remain safe, the ministry said.
Series of related meetings
After learning of the hijacking, the foreign ministry organized an internal team to find a way to rescue them.
Foreign Minister Park Jin and Second Vice Foreign Minister Lee Do-hoon led a series of related meetings. (Yonhap)
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