Barefoot Pirates Try to Hijack Ship

Exclusive photos taken by crew members of the Maersk Alabama during hijacking.

Bare Foot Pirates Try to Hijack Ship

Somali Pirates
Somali Pirates
Somali Pirates
Somali Pirates
Somali Pirates
Somali Pirates
Somali Pirates
Somali Pirates
US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates
US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates
US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates
US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates
US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates
US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates
US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates
Somali Pirates
On April 8, 2009, four Somali pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia. The crew of 20 repelled the assault and sank the pirates speedboat, but the pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips hostage in one of the Maersk Alabama's lifeboats. Phillips was held captive by pirates in the lifeboat in the Indian Ocean for five days. On April 12, US Navy Seal snipers shot and killed the kidnapers in the lifeboat. After the successful rescue of Capt. Phillilps, the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge can be seen towing the lifeboat to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, in background, Monday, April 13, 2009, to be processed for evidence. (Lance Cpl. Megan E. Sindelar/US Navy)
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