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Negotiation break down in pirate hostage situation

Negotiation broke down Saturday, according to Somali officials, over the American ship captain taken hostage taken by Somali pirates.

According to the New York Times, American officials demanded that the pirates be arrested, but representatives of the pirates refused.

Richard Phillips and four armed pirates remain in a covered lifeboat floating in the Indian Ocean 30 miles from Gara'ad, a know pirate den.

Pirates in the lifeboat fired on an approaching United States Navy vessel on Saturday morning, resulting in the breakdown of negotiations.

The captain was taken hostage after pirates boarded his cargo vessel, and gave himself up to save his crew.

“He saved our lives!” said Second Mate Ken Quinn, of Bradenton, Fla., as the ship was docking, according to The Associated Press. “He’s a hero.” (NYT)