Francis Roucou, second from right, captain of the Indian Ocean Explorer captured by Somali pirates in March 2009, is embraced by his family after he and his crew of six Seychelles nationals arrived back at the capital of Victoria 80 days after their vessel was captured. The seven crew members announced as released on Monday by Seychelles authorities were flown back home from Somalia via Kenya after the pirates declined to release their vessel, which is still anchored off the coast of central Somalia. A government representative denied having traded the seven for previously captured Somali pirates held on the island nation or even paid ransom.
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