Seamen rescued from hijacked ship return home

Posted at 04/12/12 2:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Eight Filipino seafarers who were rescued from a hijacked vessel in Iran arrived in the Philippines Wednesday night.

They were among the 23 crew members of bulk carrier MV Eglantine, which was hijacked by Somali pirates.

The seamen said they were tied up by the pirates and were forced to barricade the ship from the Iranian Navy.

The rescue operations lasted for 2 days, leading to the arrest of the 12 pirates.

However, 2 Filipino seafarers were killed.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said the families of the 2 casualties will be given P200,000.

The rescued seamen and their families, meanwhile, will undergo stress debriefing.

The Cypriot-flagged and Iranian-owned vessel was seized by the pirates off the southwestern coast of India last March 26. -- Report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News