Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ship Captain Rescued From Somali Pirates

Sounds like our Navy Seals went to work. Not sure yet, but I think it is a safe bet. Hats off.

American sea Captain Richard Phillips was rescued from four Somali pirates Sunday, a U.S. intelligence official said.

Three pirates were killed and one was in custody after what appeared to be a swift firefight off the Somali coast, the official said.

Phillips, who was not hurt, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Talks began Thursday with the captain of the USS Bainbridge talking to the pirates under instruction from FBI hostage negotiators on board the U.S. destroyer.

U.S. warships and helicopters stalked the lifeboat holding Phillips and his four Somali captors Sunday, while his crew briefed FBI agents about how they fought off the pirates who boarded their ship, the Maersk Alabama.

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