Five Vietnamese sailors on a Taiwanese-flagged fishing boat are suspected to be in the hands of Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, according to a news report by the Taipei Times on November 4.
The Taiwanese authorities said in a press release that the long-line fishing boat may have been hijacked by Somali pirates near the Seychelles, about 595 nautical miles (1,800 km) off the southeast coast of Mogadishu at 2 a.m. on November 4.
There were 28 people on board, including a Chinese captain, nine Chinese crew members, five Vietnamese, six Indonesians and eight Filipinos, it said.
Taiwanese authorities said the boat was heading toward the Somali coast at full speed when it lost contact with the fishing company.
Taiwan has instructed its missions in South Africa, the UK, the US, France, the EU, Malaysia, and Dubai to request help in rescuing the ship and its crew.