Pirated ship catches fire off Somalia, crew rescued

June 16, 2011 13:47

MOGADISHU - Somali pirates rescued nineteen crew members of the MV ORNA after their hijacked ship caught fire off the Horn of Africa country's coast, pirates and residents said on Thursday.

The Panama-flagged bulk cargo vessel seized last December is owned by the United Arab Emirates, and was hijacked by the pirates on Dec. 20 some 400 miles northeast of the Seychelles.

It was not clear how the ship caught fire, or the type of cargo the vessel was carrying when it was seized. The pirates said the cargo and the ship's engines were not damaged by the fire, but the crew's living quarters were destroyed.

The pirates transferred the crew of the 27,915 dead weight tonne vessel to another seized vessel nearby.

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