Indian hostages recall ordeals

Three sailors who survived episodes of piracy recount their experiences.

Captured by Somali pirates: Indian hostages recall terrifying, tedious ordeals

It was a clear day when the merchant tanker Royal Grace set off from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for Nigeria with a 22-member multinational crew on February 28, 2012. The journey around the African continent was expected to take them 45 days.

Three days later, Pritam Kumar Sahu was off duty and asleep in his quarters in the afternoon, when a loud banging on the door awoke him. Gunshots cut through the air.

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