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Indian sailors on hijacked Somalian ship safe

September 09, 2008 15:34 IST

The three Indian sailors on board the Somalian ship, which was hijacked in August, are safe, said Member of Parliament Shantaram Naik.

The Union Shipping Ministry has confirmed the safety of all the three sailors, including a Goan, onboard the hijacked ship, he said.

The secretary to Shipping Ministry A P V N Sarma has informed that the negotiations were going on between the pirates and the owner of the ship, Naik said in a statement released in Panaji.

According to Sarma, such negotiations, if one goes by the history of hijacking of ships in the area, takes over a month to reach a settlement, the release said.

Anthony Clive Thimudio, a Goan sailor along with two others -- one from Karnataka and another Maharashtra � were stranded on a merchant navy ship M V Iran Deyant, which was hijacked from the Red Sea on August 21.

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