Sailors on Taiwanese boat fight against Somali pirates, re-take boat

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Taiwanese authorities said Monday that a Taiwanese-flagged fishing boat with five Vietnamese sailors onboard was freed from Somali pirates after some of its crew members fought back against the pirates in the Indian Ocean, The China Post reported.

The long-line Chin Yi Wen was hijacked on November 4 by six armed Somali pirates near the Seychelles, about 595 nautical miles (1,800 km) off the southeast coast of Mogadishu.

There were 28 people onboard, including nine Chinese, eight Filipinos, six Indonesians and five Vietnamese.

At around 4 a.m. on November 6, some of the 28 crew members overcame the hijackers before the boat met up with British anti-piracy vessels nearby.

The Somali pirates fell into the sea, AFP reported, adding that details of the saga and the fate of the six pirates were not immediately clear.

Taiwanese authorities said three crewmen sustained slight injuries following the incident.

The 260-ton Chin Yi Wen is now heading to Port Victoria in the Seychelles.

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