It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.
"Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama as it headed towards the port of Mombasa. Ordinary that is until, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter. Captain Phillips offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew, and so began a tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs.
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Am 8. April 2009 wird der Albtraum eines jeden Kapitäns wahr: Um 7.30 Uhr Ortszeit wird das Containerschiff Maersk Alabama 300 Seemeilen vor der Küste Somalias von Piraten angegriffen. Um seine Crew zu retten, weist Richard Phillips die Männer an, sich in einer Kabine zu verstecken, und begibt sich freiwillig in die Gewalt der Piraten. Fünf Tage lang wird er als Geisel in einem Rettungsboot gedemütigt, gequält und gefoltert: vier Männer gegen einen, ein Kampf um Leben und Tod.