US Navy Warship in Contact with Pirates
9 Apr 09 | FT
An American navy warship and Somali pirates holding a US citizen hostage remained at a stand-off on Thursday amid signs that other pirate-held vessels were moving towards the area.
Pirates seized the Maersk Alabama, a US-flagged ship, on Wednesday. The crew later regained control of the cargo vessel but the pirates left the ship taking Richard Philips, the captain, as hostage.
The USS Bainbridge, a guided-missile destroyer, arrived on the scene early Thursday and was in contact with the lifeboat, which had run out of fuel. Meanwhile, a US spy plane monitored the situation from the air, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation dispatched hostage negotiators to the region.
The Alabama later left the area en route to Kenya where the remaining 19 American crew members would be repatriated with their families. Maersk Line Ltd, the US subsidiary of Denmark’s AP Møller-Maersk that owns the ship, did not confirm reports that there were now armed guards on board. >>>