The US NAVY has rescued Captain Richard Phillips. He jumped overboard and US Navy SEALs shot and killed three of the four pirates holding him captive.
The American captain of a cargo ship held hostage by pirates jumped overboard from the lifeboat where he was being held, and U.S. Navy SEALs shot and killed three of his four captors, according to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.
Capt. Richard Phillips was helped out of the water off the Somali coast and is uninjured and in good condition, the official said. He was taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, a nearby naval warship.
At the time of the shootings, the fourth pirate was aboard the USS Bainbridge negotiating with officials, the source said. That pirate was taken into custody.
Maersk Line Limited issued a statement saying it was informed at 1:30 p.m. by the U.S. government that Phillips had been rescued. John Reinhart, president and CEO, called Phillips’ wife, Andrea, to tell her the good news.
The ship’s crew was “jubilant” when they received word, the statement says.
I never doubted the special forces could pull this off if they were unleashed. I did not think Obama would order this, but I am very happy to be wrong about that.
UPDATE: American Digest has the photo of Richard Phillips with Cmdr. Frank Castellano, commanding USS Bainbridge. God bless the Easter SEALs, indeed.