Somali pirates have released a Danish family of five and two Danish crew members who were seized while sailing around the world more than six months ago.
In a statement Wednesday, the Danish foreign ministry said the freed hostages were safe and doing well under the circumstances.
Danish authorities did not indicate if a ransom was paid. But a witness in Somalia's Puntland region told VOA a small plane made a ransom drop in the Bari area just before the family was released on Tuesday.
According to the witness, pirates said the ransom totaled about $3 million.