Monday, April 19, 2010

Capt Phillips Writes Book on Somali Pirate Captivity

The Captain of the Maersk-Alabama found himself held captive by Somali pirates in April 2009.  Richard Phillips was the captain of a cargo ship transiting off the shores of Somali when pirates from Somali boarded his vessel and took his crew hostage.

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.

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."
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.

Click here to buy his book:

A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea

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