Shen Jui-chang (???), the chief engineer of the Omani-flagged fishing vessel Naham 3, set foot in his motherland Taiwan Wednesday for the first time since his ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2012.
Upon his arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Shen kneeled on the ground, expressing his heartfelt gratitude to those who secured his release.
Shen appeared overwhelmed when he was surrounded by the media at the airport. Asked how he felt about returning to Taiwan, the sailor, in his early 60s, said that "for the moment, I just want to regain my health."
He also said "thank you to those who saved me."
Shen arrived from Nairobi in Kenya a day earlier in China's Guangzhou in the company of officials from China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, after he was released along with the other 25 Naham 3 crew members last week.
The Naham 3 was hijacked in March 2012, roughly 65 nautical miles south of the Seychelles. Its Taiwanese captain was killed during the hijacking and two of the original crew -- one Chinese and one Indonesian -- later fell ill and died in captivity.
The remaining 26 crew members, all from Asian countries including China, spent much of their captivity on land in Somalia.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel