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Lawyer: Crew of hijacked Turkish ship in good condition
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11:43, November 02, 2008

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The lawyer for Yasa Shipping Company, which owns the hijacked Turkish ship "M/V Yasa Neslihan," said on Saturday that the captain of the ship informed the company in a telephone call that the crew was in good condition.

"The captain of the ship called us and said their ship anchored," Fehmi Ulgener said at a press conference in the largest Turkish city of Istanbul.

The captain said "the pirates treated them well and the crew was in good health condition," Ulgener was quoted as saying by the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

M/V Yasa Neslihan, carrying 77,000 tons of iron from Canada to China and with 20 Turkish crew members on board, was hijacked by pirates off the shore of Somalia on Wednesday afternoon.

Under the request of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, NATO forces stepped in to rescue crew of the hijacked cargo ship.

Turkish officials are trying to work out a solid plan to secure the safety of the hostages as the hijacked bulk carrier is still navigating offshore of Somalia.

A coordinator of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program (SAP) has said there have been 87 piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia this year and called for serious international action against the perpetrators.

Source: Xinhua

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