Sunday, April 12, 2009

U.S. Ship Captain Rescued From Pirates by Navy Seals

Seems lately we have had some true heros to admire, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, airline pilote whos sucessfully landed an airliner in the Hudson River.

Now we have Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama who offered himself as a hostage to save his crew.

Let us not forget the Navy SEALS who freed Capt Phillips.

It is people like this who give me hope in a troubled world.

Mombasa, Kenya, April 12 -- An American captain being held by Somali pirates was freed unharmed Sunday in an operation carried out by U.S. Navy Seals, U.S. military officials said. Three of the pirates were killed and the fourth was captured.

The captain, Richard Phillips, who had been held in a lifeboat adrift in the Indian Ocean since Wednesday, was initially taken aboard the Norfolk, Va.-based guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge. He was later flown to the USS Boxer, where he received medical attention and phoned his family. The operation took place at 7:19 p.m. local time, the Navy said.

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