Sunday, April 12, 2009

US Navy Rescues Pirated Captain - Three Dead Pirates

Captain Richard Phillips is free. He was freed this morning at 7:19PM from the four Somali pirates who had taken him hostage from the cargo ship Maersk Alabama off the East African coast.

A US Naval SEAL team rescued Philips in a quick firefight when they had "sight contact" with Philips after the pirates opened a lifeboat hatch. Three pirates are dead, dead, and dead while the fourth was wounded and is now in US custody. The Navy says it's now a legal matter. The pirate could be tried in US courts.

Associated Press Writers Elizabeth A. Kennedy And Lara Jakes, Associated Press Writers – 19 mins ago

MOMBASA, Kenya – 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, U.S. officials said.

Capt. Richard Phillips' crew, who said they escaped after he offered himself to the pirates as a hostage, erupted in cheers abroad their ship docked in Mombasa, Kenya, waving an American flag and firing a flare in celebration.

The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said Phillips was resting comfortably on a U.S. warship after receiving a medical exam.

The Navy said Phillips was freed at 7:19 p.m. local time. He was taken aboard the Norfolk, Virginia-based USS Bainbridge and then flown to the San Diego-based USS Boxer for the medial exam, 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen said.

Christensen said Phillips was now "resting comfortably." The USS Boxer was in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia, Christensen said.

The U.S. did not say if Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was receiving medical care because he had been injured or if he was being treated for exposure after his ordeal.

U.S. officials said a pirate who had been involved in negotiations to free Phillips but who was not on the lifeboat during the rescue was in military custody. FBI spokesman John Miller said that would change as the situation became "more of a criminal issue than a military issue."

Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said prosecutors were looking at "evidence and other issues" to determine whether to bring a case in the United States.

While the current White House resident was busy gutting the military budget to pay for his pizza order and the first 'hoes false eyelashes, the United States Navy was protecting and saving the life of a single American citizen as though he were the entire nation.

It is indeed a Happy Easter thanks to the men and women of the United States Navy.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

1 comment:

Gayle said...

It was indeed a wonderful Easter present for all of us, Indigo! HAPPY EASTER!