Pirates Fail in Attack on US Ship

It's now under escort of USS Bainbridge, with Capt. Phillips
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2009 10:27 PM CDT
Pirates Fail in Attack on US Ship
The USS Bainbridge, in a 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Vincent J. Street)

Capt. Richard Phillips' reunion with his crew and family may be delayed a bit because of yet another pirate attack. Somali pirates fired on another US ship today but failed to board it, CNN reports. That ship, the Liberty Sun, is now under the military escort of the USS Bainbridge—the same ship that rescued Phillips and is carrying him back to land. He's still due to fly back to the US sometime tomorrow, assuming the Bainbridge isn't diverted further.

"The pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at the vessel, which sustained damage," said a statement from Liberty Maritime Corporation in New York, which owns the Liberty Sun. An Illinois woman said her son is aboard the ship and emailed her news of the initial attack. About 90 minutes later, he told her the Navy had arrived and "all is well." (Read more pirates stories.)

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