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MV Biscaglia latest victim of piracy

Singapore: The Liberia flagged chemical tanker Biscaglia has become the latest casualty of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.  Three crew members managed to escape the Singapore-owned vessel during its capture early this morning, by jumping overboard. They were later rescued from the sea by a German Naval helicopter. According to reports, 28 other crew members remain onboard the tanker, which is the 30th vessel to be hijacked by Somalian pirates this year.  

"The MV Biscaglia was attacked this morning," the BBC quotes the British High Commission in Nairobi as saying. "The three men were picked up by a German naval helicopter and taken to a French warship. They are now safely on board."

Two of the rescued men are said to have been employed as onboard security for the tanker.  [28/11/08]

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