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[Picture Reuters via the U.S. Navy, story portions from CNN and The New York Times]
Richard Phillips, captain of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama, right, after his rescue, with Cmdr. Frank Castellano, the commanding officer of USS Bainbridge.
Captain Richard Phillips of the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama held by Somali pirates for over 100 hours was freed by Navy Seals this afternoon, and in this picture is onboard the U.S. Bainbridge and then transferred to the U.S.S. Boxer.
According to Reuters, “Maersk Line, Limited was informed by the U.S. government at 1330 EDT today that Captain Richard Phillips has been rescued,” the statement read. “John Reinhart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Line, Limited, called Captain Phillips’ wife, Andrea, to tell her the good news. The crew of the Maersk Alabama was jubilant when they received word.”
Initial reports from CNN said that Mr. Phillips jumped overboard just before the shootout between his captors and Navy Seals ensued near northeastern Somalia. Three of the pirates were killed, according to reports, and one is currently being held in custody. CNN reported that the surviving pirate had been negotiating with American officials.