Sunday, April 12, 2009
American Freed By Navy Seals ! Good Job
(April 12) - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
One of the pirates was wounded and in custody after a swift firefight, the official said.
Four days after Somali pirates took the captain of a U.S.-flagged ship hostage off the coast of Somalia, an American intelligence official said Sunday that he has been freed. Richard Phillips, above, was being held captive on a lifeboat after several pirates boarded the the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday in an attempt to hijack it. Phillips surrendered himself to safeguard his menCNN.com: US Warns of Dangers Off Somali Coast
Capt. Richard Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.