Five Somali pirates who freed a hijacked Saudi oil supertanker died Saturday after their boat capsized with a reported $3 million ransom in the Gulf of Aden, the Associated Press reports.
The pirates had an accident in a storm, the report stated. A day earlier, the group of pirates had released the Sirius Star, a ship owned by Vela International LTD containing about 2 million barrels of crude oil.
There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don't still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore, said Abukar Haji, the uncle of one of the dead men, according to the Associated Press.
The pirates apparently received the ransom to release the ship. The U.S. Navy released pictures of an object being parachuted onto the ship.
However the owner of the company did not confirm if they paid money to the pirates to release the supertanker.