8 Sep 2011

Family freed by pirates

6:07 am on 8 September 2011

Denmark says a Danish family of five and two crew members captured by Somali pirates in February have been freed and brought to safety.

The foreign ministry says the couple, their three children and two other adults are in relatively good condition and are expected back in Denmark soon.

The BBC says a ransom of $US3 million was reportedly paid for their release.

The vessel was seized on 24 February. The family was on a world cruise and was apparently aware of the danger of piracy.

Pirates still hold at least 30 vessels and their crew captured off the Horn of Africa.