Somali pirates seize Thai vessel; 2 Filipinos onboard

Posted at 10/31/09 3:19 AM

MOSCOW - Two Filipinos, two Ghanaians and 23 Russian sailors were among the crew of a Thai fishing trawler seized by Somali pirates, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.

Nobody was injured in Thursday's hijacking of the Thai Union 3, the ministry said in a statement.

"A list of crew members was received, showing that 23 Russian sailors are aboard, as well as two Filipinos and two Ghanaians," it said.

The fishing vessel came under attack Thursday from two skiffs about 200 nautical miles north of the Seychelles archipelago, according to the European Union's anti-piracy naval force.

Somali pirates, who have launched almost daily attacks near the Seychelles since monsoon winds dropped a month ago, currently hold a total of nine ships and around 200 crew.