Wednesday, April 08, 2009

American Crew Regains Control of Pirated Ship

The American crew of the pirated US flagged ship have taken control of the ship and the pirates are reportedly in the water.

The AP writes

WASHINGTON – The crew of a U.S.-flag ship seized by pirates off Somalia is believed to have retaken the vessel, the Pentagon said Wednesday, even as a shaken national security establishment confronted troubling questions about the hostage-taking at high sea.

Capt. Joseph Murphy, an instructor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, told The Associated Press the Department of Defense that his son Shane, the second in command on the ship, had called him to say the crew had regained control.

"The crew is back in control of the ship," a U.S. official said at midday, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record. "It's reported that one pirate is on board under crew control — the other three were trying to flee," the official said. The status of the other pirates was unknown, the official said, but they were reported to "be in the water."

That's what happens with an American crew.

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4 comments: said...

grating man
i take a copy to my blog

No to Jolly Somali Pirates said...

Good! i wonder why they did this though...

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if this might happen. A small number of pirate on a big ship are vulnerable. Americans are kinda feisty under such circumstances. I believe it is exactly what I would have done.

Indigo Red said...

There were only 4 pirates against several more crewmen. However, the pirates were armed with Kalashnikov automatic rifles and carbines. A firearm is a great equalizer.