Fisherman taken hostage by Somali pirates to return


KAOHSIUNG–A Taiwanese fishing boat captain who was recently freed after being held for 18 months by Somali pirates was expected to arrive today in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, an official from the city’s Marine Bureau said yesterday. Wu Chao-yi, captain of the Shiuh Fu No. 1, along with his crew of 13 Chinese and 12 Vietnamese nationals, was attacked by Somali pirates Dec. 25, 2010 off Madagascar and taken to Somalia. All 26 were released July 17 following successful ransom negotiations and taken to neighboring Tanzania by a Chinese naval vessel. Chang Wen-chun, the boat’s owner, has continued to pay his crew’s salaries during their captivity, while the Marine Bureau said it has been paying Wu’s family compensation of NT$4,000 (US$133) per month. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Marine Bureau and the Fisheries Agency were scheduled to welcome Wu upon his arrival at Kaohsiung International Airport.