Families of Pirate Hostages Protest India's Shipping Ministry, Plead for Help

Published Nov 27, 2012 3:02 PM by The Maritime Executive

The families of 17 mariners, currently being held captive by Somali pirates for the past nine months, have begun protesting outside of India’s Shipping Ministry in Delhi. They are demanding the immediate release of the sailors, who have been held captive by pirates of the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia.

The Indian government continues to assure the families that they are continuously working to ensure the safe release of the hostages.

The pirates are threatening to kill the sailors if no action is taken by November 30th. The protesting family members have vowed to remain where they are until the government gets the men released.

The 17 crewmembers are trapped on the UAE-owned MT Royal Grace tanker.


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