New Delhi: Most of the 28 Indian seafarers rescued from Somali pirates after their vessels were hijacked last year are returning to India on Monday.
17 Indian seafarers on board the MT Royal Grace have been in captivity of pirates since March 2, 2012 and 11 Indian seafarers on board MT Smyrni were in captivity since May 10, 2012.
While most of the seafarers are to return to India tomorrow, some of those rescued from MT Royal Grace await the arrival of a replacement crew before they can fly back to their families in India, official sources said today.
They said the MT Royal Grace had reached Salalah port in Muscat on March 13 and MT Smyrni docked there the next day. Both the ships were received by officials of the Indian Embassy in Oman.
Indian embassy officials had arranged for doctors to conduct medical checkup and provide necessary assistance to a few who needed assistance.
All crew members were provided new clothing, toiletries and shoes by the Embassy and were provided opportunities to speak with their family members.