1_lifeboat_somali_pirates The courageous seafaring union captain held hostage by the Somali pirates attempted an escape by jumping into the water and swimming away but was quickly reeled back in with gunfire. His captors are now demanding $2 million for the return of Capt. Richard Phillips who is being held on a lifeboat like the one pictured. The FBI joined the negotiations and the U.S. Navy is ready to pounce, but the fearless pirates claim they’re not scurred of the maritime might, telling Reuters: “We are not afraid of the Americans. We will defend ourselves if attacked.” |NYDN|