Captain rescued from Pirates today


By DENA POTTER – 5 hours ago

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Members of Capt. Richard Phillips' crew have hailed their leader for saving them and their ship from being hijacked by pirates, but the skipper insists it's the U.S. Navy and other rescuers who deserve to be called heroes.

"I'm just the byline. The heroes are the Navy, the Seals and those that have brought me home," the shipping captain told his boss, Maersk Line Limited President and CEO John Reinhart, who relayed the phone message to reporters hours after Phillips was liberated Sunday from his captors' clutches aboard a lifeboat.

Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vt., emerged unharmed following a brief firefight that killed three of the four pirates who were holding him off the Somali coast, ending a five-day high-seas hostage drama in the Indian Ocean. Reinhart said Phillips was preparing to return home in the next couple days along with his crew, but was not specific.
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Wow, I thought after the first escape attempt, he was done, thank god for our U.S. servicemen. :usa2:


Great news. It couldn't have ended much better. Now to put into place steps that prevent any other pirate take over of any ship in the future.


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Hadn't heard about it yet, awesome! Last I had heard, the pirates had hijacked the ship thinking it was Norwegian or something like that...but there was an American crew running it right? Sorry, I've been locked away in the library for the last week with some exam's coming up.