The Samho Dream, the Korean supertanker taken hostage by Somalian pirates in the Indian Ocean on April 4th, was released after 217 days in captivity, the Korean government said around midnight last night. Pirates released the ship around 11:30 p.m. yesterday.
Samho Dream released by Somalian pirates
The vessel, with five Koreans and 19 Filipinos on board, was intercepted en route to the United States from Iraq carrying roughly $170 million worth of crude oil. It is now on its way to a safe zone in a third country, said a South Korean foreign ministry official.
The pirates were given $9.5 million in ransom for the Samho Dream's ransom, reportedly the highest sum ever to be given to Somalian pirates.
The crew will be given medical check-ups and the five Korean crew will be flown home sometime this week.
By Christine Kim [firstname.lastname@example.org]