Sunday, April 12, 2009
Captain held by Pirates freed after Intense Firefight with Navy....( and after many hours of negogiation failed)
From the LA Times:
Smith said he could not discuss how Capt. Richard Phillips of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama was freed except to say that it was done through military operation and not through a negotiated settlement and that the pirates "died as a consequence of their own actions.'"
"Regrettably, three pirates made a choice that ended in the loss of their lives. One did not and is in our custody and will of course be treated responsibly and held responsible," said Smith, adding that a news conference was being planned in Bahrain to provide more details about the operation.
Smith suggested that the three Somali pirates who were with Phillips fought back. The rescue most likely was carried out by a specially trained team of Navy SEALs or other special forces, who were in the region as part of a massive U.S. government effort to free Phillips.
The fourth, surviving pirate had been involved in negotiations to free the American and was not on the lifeboat where the captain was being held."
Click title to read more from BBC....If there is a lesson from all this , let's hope that we realize that Pirates are as dangerous as any Terror group and International Laws are not functioning for most ships in that region...Thankfully the SEALS did what needed to be done...and that the Captain kept a cool head...More details and Updates to come.