According to news reports, the captain of the Maersk Alabama was rescued about two hours ago and is now safe on a Navy ship. Other good news: we killed three of his Somali pirate captors during the rescue operation, and captured the fourth.
It appears that, having jumped overboard once before in an attempt to escape, Captain Phillips figured he had given the US Navy enough of a heads-up to try it again, and this time the Navy was prepared, rescued Capt. Phillips, and dealt with the pirates with some dispatch.
It’s interesting to note that this is the second news story in which there is heroism and a happy ending in recent months. You may recall the amazing landing of US Airways Flight 1594 back in January. Another captain, Chesley Sullenberger, brought his injured plane down in the Hudson River with no loss of life. That miracle was due to the skill, professionalism, and can-do attitude of Sullenberger, his crew, the passengers themselves, and their many rescuers.
And on Easter Sunday we now have a happy ending for Captain Phillips, who, according to reports, put himself in grave personal danger in order to save his crew, and was taken captive by Somali pirates as a result.
Yes, Virginia, there still are heroes in this world.