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Somalians make new attempt to save U.S. captain

By Jane Fazackarley     Apr 12, 2009 in World
A new effort to rescue a U.S. captain being held by pirates is to get underway. This new attempt is being made by Somali elders.
It is said that a group of Somali elders will make a deal with the pirates and offer them a safe passage. The elders will travel to the area by sea.
The kidnappers have already said told the United States navy that they should not try to release Captain Richard Morgan by using arms,
Members of Captain Richard Morgan's have acknowledged his bravery. It has been said that the captain choose to offer himself as an hostage rather than have the pirates take any of his crew.
The ship, the Maersk Albama is now being considered a scene of crime and crew members will be speaking to US federal agents.
Captain Richard Morgan is, at the moment, being held captive on a lifeboat which is situated 20-30 miles from the coast of Somali.
On Saturday night, the US navy say that shots were fired by the pirates after a vessel tried to go towards the lifeboat.
It's been reported that the pirates have demanded $2 million dollars. The lifeboat comes equipped with food but has no power to start the engine so it may just be a case of sitting it out now and the involvement of the Somali elders may be one of the few ways out of the current situation.
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