Navy storms hijacked ship, rescues all 21 sailors
Korea stages first Naval operation on international open seas; eight pirates killed, five captured alive
The Korean chemical cargo ship that was hijacked last weekend was rescued at 3 p.m. yesterday Korean time, along with its 21-person crew, after a breathless five-day mission by the Korean military, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. Eight pirates were killed and five were captured.
The captain of the ship, Seok Bae-gyun, 58, sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach, and three members of the Navy’s special forces were also wounded in the process. Their injuries are not life-threatening, said the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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While Korea’s Cheonghae Naval Unit yesterday successfully rescued all crew members of the Samho Jewelry, a Korean freighter hijacked by Somali pirates on Jan. 15, experts said it’s an example that clearly shows the importance of abiding by a press embargo.
Experts said the Korean press this time abided by the government’s call for refraining from reporting details about the hijacking and the government’s rescue tactics to save the sailors. They said that actually led to the success of the rescue operation without major casualties.
The Korean War Baby notes: Operations do not always go according to plan, they can go ‘south’ (Fail) for just the slightest reason. Therefore, since we don’t have full details, and may never have them all, it is amazing that the second attempt succeeded at all. Remember that the pirates now were in radio contact with the destroyer following them.
When the Samho Jewelry started moving again the second attempt was done, and carried out by elite Korean UDT/SEAL commandos with only the Korean captain being wounded (reports are that he will survive a through and through wound from being shot in his stomach). We were extremely lucky, and praise must be given to the Korean forces who took part in this rescue. Hopefully the public’s trust in the military will be raised.