Pirate Hostage Attempts Daring Escape

April 10, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – According to U.S. Officials within the Defense Department, Captain Richard Phillips trying time aboard the captured ship, the Maersk Alabama is not yet over.

Officials have been attempting to negotiate the release of Phillips since Wednesday, when pirates captured the American vessel just off of the coast of Somali. But he attempted his own means of escape, jumping into the waters below when he witnessed a U.S. Navy ship within hailing range.

That escape was quickly thwarted, however, when the pirates dragged him back out of the water.

It is not yet clear if this attempt at escaping the situation has created problems with the negotiations, but the Navy has been clear about the fact that they will not use force to resolve the hostage situation. It has also not been made clear whether or not the U.S will give into the pirate’s demands for a ransom, in exchange for the safe release of Captain Phillips.

This is only one of several recent pirate attacks that have shown the true dangers of open water in recent years. It is becoming clear that more must be done to protect our sailors and cargo ships, before any more lives can be endangered.

More on this story as it develops.


Comments

One Response to “Pirate Hostage Attempts Daring Escape”

  1. Old Man Dotes on April 10th, 2009 12:39 pm

    If the US pays a ransom for this man (who is a gallant and brave officer, no doubt of that), I, a retired US Army disabled veteran, will demand the immediate resignation of every single officer in the State Department and will prefer charges of treason and trafficking with the enemy.

    “Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!”

    The pirates must die. Period.

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