April 12, 2009

AND THEY'VE NEVER KISSED A CHIPMUNK:

Official: U.S. sea captain freed in swift firefight (Lara Jakes, 4/12/09, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, the ship's owner said.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said a pirate who had been involved in negotiations to free Capt. Richard Phillips but who was not on the lifeboat was in custody.

Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.


Captain jumps to freedom (Sara A. Carter, 4/12/09, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)
Capt. Richard Phillips jumped to freedom on Easter Sunday from the lifeboat where four pirates had been holding him captive off the coast of Somalia in a five-day stand off with the U.S. Navy.

Capt. Phillips, who has been described by his crew as a hero for leaving with four pirates in a lifeboat to save his ship, the Maersk Alabama, escaped by jumping overboard.

Before pirates could respond, U.S. forces killed three pirates still on the lifeboat and arrested a fourth pirate.


Their business depends on not harming hostages but ours on killing the pirates. Talk about asymmetrical....

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2009 2:26 PM
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