Report: Hostage Captain freed – Somali Pirates Killed in Daring Operation

April 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) – An early report says a daring perhaps impromptu escape operation has freed Captain Richard Phillips who surrendered himself to pirates to protect his crew on the captured ship, the Maersk Alabama.   Like in a previous attempt Captain Phillips jumped into the waters and this time a U.S. Navy ship was ready.

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 apparently the captain got another opportunity to hasten his freedom.  The navy this time perhaps in better position, sprung into action and three pirates were reportedly killed in the skirmish and one was captured.   More details to follow soon.

Update: According to the Armed Forces Press Service, navy sharpshooters were secretly parachuted onto the fantail of the USS Bainbridge and hid there, out of view of the pirates. When their commanders determined that Captain Phillips was “in imminent danger,” the snipers went into action. At the moment that two of the pirates came into view with one aiming an AK-47 at Phillips, the sharpshooters shot each of them in the head.  The USS Bainbridge was about 25-30 meters away from the 18-foot lifeboat holding the pirates and Phillips.


One Response to “Report: Hostage Captain freed – Somali Pirates Killed in Daring Operation”

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