But real pirates are much scarier, as Capt. Richard Phillips discovered on April 8, 2009, when four Somali pirates seized the cargo ship Maersk Alabama and took him hostage aboard a lifeboat.Read the rest of the article in "Somali pirates' menace no match for ship captain's courage under fire", The Portland Press Herald, April 17, 2010. Click here for more information about maritime security and news articles about piracy.
Four days later, Phillips was rescued by Navy SEAL snipers who killed three of the pirates and captured the fourth.
Phillips, 54, lives in Underhill, Vt., with his wife, Andrea. They have a 19-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son. Since his rescue, the captain has been doing part-time work for his employer and going to speaking engagements."
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A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea