11 Feb '11, 4pm

Skipper tells of four-month Somali pirate 'hell' via @AddThis

SEOUL - THE South Korean captain of a fishing trawler released this week by Somali pirates has described his months in captivity as 'hell', saying he feared constantly for his life. Kim Dae-Geun was one of 43 crew members - two Koreans, two Chinese and 39 Kenyans - freed on Wednesday, four months after their boat was hijacked in Kenyan waters. The 241-ton Keummi 305 is now heading for the Kenyan port of Mombasa under escort by a Finnish warship. 'What made me most anxious was the fear that I could die at any time,' Mr Kim, 54, told Yonhap news agency by satellite phone in an interview published on Friday. He said his captors continually threatened the crew with loaded guns 'so I would have died if they went off by accident'. Mr Kim said the hijackers stole everything from the crew - shoes, underwear and even toilet paper - leaving them just one undershirt and two pairs of ...

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