Dramatic Pirate-Hostage Rescues

Fighting the Somali Pirates French and US forces stage two dramatic hostage rescues somalia
US Navy / Reuters

The American captain of the cargo carrier Maersk Alabama was held hostage in this covered lifeboat, seen in a photograph taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle. Initially, the Maersk-Alabama was hijacked by pirates on April 8, and within hours the resilient crew was able to retake the ship, but not before the pirates had made off with the captain and held him for ransom.

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