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Snipers determined that one of the pirates had trained an AK-47 on the captain and seemed about to fire, Vice-Adm Gortney added.
The snipers fired on the pirates for several minutes. Capt Phillips was unhurt despite being just a few metres away from his captors during the shooting.
The initial reports that I heard were that the captain got loose again and jumped overboard. He was swimming towards the Bainbridge when they were preparing to shoot at him, and they opened fire.
One of them held his AK-47 in the back of the captain. We were always concerned about the imminent danger to the captain.
Three gunshots. All three fatal. Fired in the dark by three specially trained U.S. Navy SEALs as the pirates' boat rocked in the water off Somalia.
In the minutes after, a special operations team shimmied along the tow rope to the lifeboat, confirmed that three pirates had been killed, and took Phillips back to the Navy ships that had gathered nearby.
Originally posted by NexGenRevolution
How ridiculous is this? Why wouldn't they float a small boat up? If the pirates weren't dead, this "special operations team" would be sitting ducks shimmining along a tether. I can't even imagine a pirate ship would agree to be tethered to a US warship that is attempting to get an American captain back from them, for the very reason that ended this "confrontation." And only twenty five yards away from the ship?
Interesting, I just heard pirates forces deemed as the number 1 enemy of the United States.
Who cares about the truth.