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Thursday, April 09, 2009
Pirate update
The captain of the commandeered ship is still a hostage, and the lifeboat he's on is out of fuel and apparently floating to Kenya with the FBI and U.S. military in tow. From the Beeb:

The US Navy has called in FBI hostage negotiators to help secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean.

Capt Richard Phillips was taken from the Maersk Alabama cargo ship after it was briefly seized by pirates.

Officials said a US warship had arrived in the area and was remaining in sight of the lifeboat during the tense talks.

Relatives of the Maersk Alabama crew told US media the ship was now sailing to Mombasa in Kenya under armed guard.

'Dead in the water'

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the navy had called his hostage experts "to assist with negotiations".

He said the FBI was now "fully engaged in this matter".




More on the situation, and the dramatic self-rescue by the ship's crew, from the AP:

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