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Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 25. An oil tanker with two South Koreans at the helm was released safely after being hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa for a day.

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea stated on the 25th that the oil tanker registered in the Marshall Islands lost contact about 370 kilometers south of Côte d’Ivoire at 7:00 am on the 24th. Personal safety of Korean crew members.

It is reported that the oil tanker named "B-ocean" has a displacement of 4,000 tons. The captain and chief engineer are both Korean citizens, and there are 17 Indonesian crew members on board. The ship lost contact with the outside world and moved about 166 kilometers south of Côte d'Ivoire. A similar incident occurred in the sea area where the incident occurred in January this year.

After the pirates disembarked, the captain contacted the shipping company, the official said. Because the tanker was damaged in many places, the crew on board inspected the ship and confirmed that the ship was able to sail normally at about 2:00 p.m. that day. The tanker will return to the port of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on the same route under the escort of the friendly countries, and is expected to arrive at the port on the 27th.

The South Korean diplomatic mission in the local area will understand the health status of the crew and provide necessary consular assistance. The government has set up emergency response teams in diplomatic missions in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Nigeria, and has checked the safety of ships and crews through cross-departmental collaboration. (Finish)

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