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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Captain of the Maersk Alabama Freed,
Three of Four Pirates Killed

**update 2.16pm** Captain Richard Phillips went overboard AGAIN, this time US Navy SEALS were waiting, and three bullets sent three pirates to hell. 

Thank God we have have men such as these!

(CNN) -- The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after being held captive since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

 The official said Capt. Richard Phillips is uninjured and in good condition, and that three of the four pirates were killed. The fourth pirate is in custody. Phillips was taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, a nearby naval warship.

Earlier Sunday afternoon Maersk Line Limited, owner of the Maersk Alabama, said the U.S. Navy informed the company that it had sighted Phillips in a lifeboat where pirates are holding him.

Phillips was spotted another time earlier in the day, the Navy said.

A man who answered the door at Phillips' home in Underhill, Vermont, told CNN's Stephanie Elam that the family has known the news for hours. He said details would have to come from Virginia, apparently referring to the home base of Maersk Line Limited, based in Norfolk, which owns the ship.

Source: CNN

It appears that the military mounted a rescue operation and free the Captain. 

Hats off to the US Navy Seals that terminated the pirates and rescued the Captain. 

I hope that President Obama has learned that sometimes, you must kick some butt on the International Scene.