Report: US Crew Retakes Pirated Ship
CBS News reports that the crew of the hijacked cargo ship Maersk Alabama has possibly overpowered the Somali pirates: American Crew Battles Somali Pirates.
(CBS/AP) The crew of a hijacked U.S. cargo ship is in a standoff with Somali pirates after attempting to retake the vessel, military sources told CBS News correspondent David Martin.
The sources told CBS News that crew members overpowered the pirates, taking one into custody, but the hijackers still held the ship’s master hostage. The American crew is in control of at least part of the ship and crew members have been in contact with their families.
There has been no official confirmation regarding the ship’s status.
The U.K. Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) issued a news release earlier Wednesday stating that a Danish-owned, U.S.-operated 17,000 ton container ship was seized in the Indian Ocean approximately 400 miles east of Mogadishu.