American captain rescued from pirate Somali ship
The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after having been held hostage since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a U.S. official told CNN.
Capt. Richard Philips is uninjured and in good condition, while three of the four pirates have been killed. The fourth pirate is in custody.
Capt. Philips was taken aboard the nearby USS Bainbridge, which has been working to rescue the captain since Wednesday.
Nineteen American sailors guarded by U.S. Navy Seals reached safe harbor in Kenya's northeast port of Mombasa on Saturday night, the Associated Press reported.
Pirates hijacked the Maersk Alabama Wednesday morning. Capt. Philips sacrificed himself as a hostage in order to save the crew.
"He saved our lives!" second mate Ken Quinn, of Bradenton, Florida, said. "He's a hero."
"An attempt by Phillips to escape from the 28-foot covered lifeboat was thwarted by a pirate, who dove into the Indian Ocean after him," CNN reported. According to Pentagon officials, the pirates tied him up afterwards.
The Alabama resumed its course for Mombasa on Thursday. The crew will stay on board while FBI conducts an investigation, said Maersk president and CEO John Reinhart.