DOD – hijacked US ship retaken by crew
The US Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that the US-flag container ship MAERSK ALABAMA is presumed to be back under the control of its crew. Earlier today, the ship was hijacked by pirates several hundred miles off the coast of Somalia. The crew of about 20 US citizens appears to have detained one of the four pirates, with the three other pirates fleeing the ship. Naval assets are reportedly en route to the ship to confirm and stabilize the situation. Chalk one up for the good guys! (4/8/09).