Captain Richard Phillips Freed!
I know Hope placed this awesome news (from CNN)in the "A Pirate Bailout" blog, but I thought it deserved a post of it's own! What a wonderful day! Thanks to everyone here for joining me in prayer. I can't hold back the tears of joy!
The American cargo ship captain held hostage by pirates jumped overboard Sunday from the lifeboat where he was being held, and U.S. Navy SEALs shot and killed three of his four captors, according to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.
Capt. Richard Phillips, right, stands with U.S. Navy Cmdr. Frank Castellano after Phillips' rescue Sunday
Capt. Richard Phillips was helped out of the water off the Somali coast and is uninjured and in good condition, the official said. He was taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, a nearby naval warship, and later flown to the USS Boxer, where he was "resting comfortably," the U.S. Navy said.
At the time of the shootings, the fourth pirate was aboard the Bainbridge negotiating with officials, the source said. That pirate was taken into custody.
Phillips was rescued at 7:19 p.m. (12:19 p.m. ET), according to the Navy.