28 Jun 2009

Somali pirates free Belgian ship seized in April

9:12 pm on 28 June 2009

Somali pirates released the crew of a Belgian dredging vessel two months after they were captured.

"The government was informed of the release of the Pompei ship and its crew," Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy said in a statement.

"We were also informed that the entire crew is in good health," he said.

The vessel was taken on 18 April en route to the Seychelles, with two Belgians, four Croatians, one Dutchman and three Filipinos on board.