Mumbai: There was great relief at last for 17 Indian sailors, who shared an emotional homecoming. The sailors from merchant tanker MT Savina Caylyn were freed by Somali pirates in December last year after the ship owner paid a multi-million dollar ransom.
The 17 sailors were taken into captivity along with their oil tanker ship, Savina Caylyn, in February last year near Yemen. Earlier on Tuesday morning, 13 crew members landed in Mumbai, while the remaining four flew to their respective cities.
One of the freed sailors Rahul Puranik said, "I feel great coming back to India and my family, it's been a horrible experience for the crew and the family.
But for the distressed parents of the sailors on board the MV Iceberg, the agony continues as they run from pillar to post. The ship was captured by pirates in March 2010. On Monday, a few of the families managed to get an appointment with a top Government official to discuss the issue.