FREED US SEA CAPTAIN ARRIVES IN KENYA


The US sea captain held hostage by Somali pirates for five days has arrived in the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Capt Richard Phillips arrived on board the destroyer USS Bainbridge, which had led the operation to rescue him.

freed-usHis crew of 19 earlier landed back in the US, and were greeted by friends and family off their flight from Kenya. They said Capt Phillips had agreed to become a hostage so that his men could go free after pirates seized the Maersk Alabama on 8 April.

The crew sailed the ship to Mombasa, Kenya, after the pirates and Capt Phillips left the vessel. Capt Phillips was rescued by a US navy vessel after being held by the pirates for five days on a lifeboat.

The crew had hoped to be reunited with Capt Phillips on Wednesday, but the USS Bainbridge was diverted to help another US cargo ship under attack from pirates. That ship, the Liberty Sun, arrived in Mombasa earlier on Thursday.

SOURCED FROM BBC


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