10 April 2009

Incident: Captain of Alabama escapes, is retaken

Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama was recaptured by pirates after jumping off the lifeboat he was being held on. Pirates dived into the water after him and returned him to captivity. The U.S. Navy, observing the incident, made no effort to intervene.

In related news, pirates are said to have demanded $2 million for his release.

Meanwhile pirates holding the Hansa Stavanger hostage were said to be sailing that hijacked vessel to the relief of their lifeboat-bound comrades. (Washington Times, 04/11/09)