Freed Korean Ship Headed for Oman

      January 24, 2011 08:50

      A Korean freighter rescued from Somali pirates last Friday in a commando operation codenamed "Operation Dawn of Gulf of Aden" is expected to arrive in Muscat, Oman on Thursday, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

      In a press briefing on Sunday, Army Maj. Gen. Lee Jong-myung said, "The Samho Jewelry is traveling to Muscat, Oman under escort of the Choi Young destroyer. The Choi Young will be deployed again in the Gulf of Aden early next month after taking on supplies of munitions and maintenance."

      Seok Hae-kyun (57), the captain of the ship, was evacuated urgently to Salalah, Oman for surgery after being wounded by a gunshot from a pirate's AK rifle during the commando operation, Lee added.

      Lee said the pirate who shot at Seok was captured. Seok also suffered fractured shoulders and knees from beatings by the pirates.

      He was evacuated by U.S. military helicopter to Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah on Friday and underwent three or four hours of surgery and is now sedated.

      The government is considering bringing the five Somali pirates who were captured by UDT/SEALs and are being held on the Samho Jewelry to South Korea for trial rather than handing them over to a third country.

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