19 Chinese Pirate Hostages Head Home After 4 Months

Captive sailors were fed nothing but spuds after June hijacking
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2010 3:22 AM CST
19 Chinese Pirate Hostages Head Home After 4 Months
Chinese military vessels escorted the ship to Doha after it was released.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Qian Xiaohu)

(Newser) – Nineteen Chinese sailors have arrived back in their homeland after 4 months in harsh conditions as captives of Somali pirates. The men were fed nothing but boiled potatoes since the Golden Blessing was hijacked in June, AP reports. Pirates released the men and the ship after receiving a ransom from the Shanghai-based shipping company's owner, who had to mortgage his home and his shares in the company to meet their demands.
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