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The Rescue of Captain Phillips: The Details

April 15, 2009

You’ve no doubt heard of the rescue of the American Captain from Somali pirates. The Huffington Post has some interesting details in a story about the terrifying moments that led to his release.

Adm. William Gortney said Monday that it took only three shots for Navy snipers to kill the trio of pirates holding captain Richard Phillips hostage on a lifeboat drifting on the high seas.

Interviewed from Bahrain, Gortney said the takedown happened shortly after the hostage-takers were observed by sailors aboard the USS Bainbridge “with their heads and shoulders exposed.”

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