American Captain Rescued from Pirates
POSTED: Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:09pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:02pm
SOMALI COAST - The U.S. Navy has rescued Richard Phillips, the American sea captain held by Somali pirates.
Mr. Phillips was safely taken to a Navy warship nearby.
Officials say Mr. Phillips wasn't hurt in a fire-fight off the Somali coast today.
However, three pirates were killed in the fire-fight, and one was injured and taken into custody.
The pirate in custody could face life in a U.S. prison.
Under U.S. law, both piracy and hostage-taking carry life sentences, but the F.B.I. and the Justice Department say no decisions have been made regarding charges against him.