Released sailors: we survived because our families were waiting for us at home (photo-report)

Released sailors: we survived because our families were waiting for us at home (photo-report)

In yellow shirts with “Ukraine” inscription, tired but extremely happy, Ukrainian sailors, who were held captive by Somali pirates for 45 days, arrived in Ukraine. They were met in Boryspil airport by their wives...

In yellow shirts with “Ukraine” inscription, tired but extremely happy, Ukrainian sailors, who were held captive by Somali pirates for 45 days, arrived in Ukraine. They were met in Boryspil airport by their wives and parents.

The Lehmann Timber was seized in the Gulf of Aden on May 28 and released on July 8 after a $750,000 (Dh2.7 million) ransom was paid. It had a Russian captain and crewmen from Ukraine, Estonia and Myanmar. The pirates had threatened to kill the crew if the ransom was not handed over.

The youngest sailor - mechanical engineer Serhiy Alimov was met but the whole family - parents, sister, and wife. His wife Katya dressed in white like a bride - the couple has a small anniversary - 1 year and 1 month since they got married.

- "I will not work any more with Lehmann. and I`d like to advise all sailors - never, in no case, work for this company, - says Serhiy. - Company representatives directly told me: "We can`t help you. You may do anything you want: if you want, die, or jump out of board. We will not give any money for you". For them, this money was nothing - just several daily proceeds from a ship. Yesterday company representatives made it clear that nobody will pay anything as remuneration for our ordeal.

By Anna Yashchenko

Photos by Yevhen Orlovskiy, Dmytro Kupriyan/UNIAN

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