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Americans Take Back Ship From Pirates

April 8, 2009

The pirates and their outlandish activity need to be addressed in a very firm manner so that these hijackings stop.  Bravo to the American crew for re-taking the ship, and may the captain be returned soon from captivity.

The American crew was back in control of a hijacked cargo ship off the coast of Somalia, officials said, but the ship’s captain was reportedly still being held hostage by fleeing pirates.

A crewmember aboard the Maersk Alabama told the Associated Press that the 20-member crew had managed to seize one pirate and had retaken control of the ship. The man, who answered the ship’s satellite phone but did not identify himself, said the pirates were now in a lifeboat, but he said that they were holding the ship’s captain hostage.

A person answering the ship’s satellite phone later in the day identified himself as a crewmember said the ship was “in the middle of a situation right now.” He said he couldn’t talk further, and hung up the phone.

The ship’s owner, Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, confirmed that a crewmember was still being held hostage, but it didn’t specify whether it was the captain.

“We are able to confirm that the crew of the Maersk Alabama is now in control of the ship,” the company said in a press release. “The armed hijackers who boarded this ship earlier today have departed, however they are currently holding one member of the ship’s crew as a hostage. The other members of the crew are safe and no injuries have been reported.”

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