Somali pirates demand $2 million ransom for US captain held hostage
Saturday, April 11, 2009
According to maritime authorities, Somali pirates that have been holding hostage a United States-flagged ship's captain in a lifeboat off the coast of Somalia demanded a ransom of US$2 million for his release.
Philips tried to escape from the pirates on Thursday by jumping out of the lifeboat and trying to swim to a US Navy destroyer nearby, but was recaptured by his captors.
Meanwhile, pirates who have seized a German vessel and its crew off the coast of Somalia were en route for the lifeboat, according to a pirate source.
"Knowing that the Americans will not destroy this German ship and its foreign crew, they [the pirates] hope they can meet their friends on the lifeboat," he said. "Our friends [aboard the lifeboat] hope for $2 million ransom as well as their own safety."
In a separate incident on Friday, the government of France stated that its navy seized a yacht that had been hijacked by the pirates in Somalian waters, but one of the hostages had been killed in a struggle between French special forces and the pirates.
- "US crew retakes ship hijacked by pirates; captain held hostage" — Wikinews, April 8, 2009
- "Somali pirates want $2 million for US hostage" — , April 10, 2009
- Shashank Bengali and Jonathan S Landay. "Somali pirates demand $2 million for release of U.S. ship captain" — , April 10, 2009
- "Pirates want $2 million for American hostage - source" — , April 10, 2009