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Museum gets lifeboat from pirate hostage rescue

Associated Press Modified: August 13, 2009 at 5:24 am •  Published: August 13, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Fort Pierce museum dedicated to Navy SEAL history will receive the bullet-sprayed lifeboat where a sea captain captured by Somali pirates was held.

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum has thousands of items, including a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter. But the 20-foot lifeboat still battered and full of broken glass is a rare part of recent history. It is scheduled to arrive Friday.

U.S. Navy snipers shot and killed three of Capt. Richard Phillips's captors in April when his U.S. cargo ship surrendered to Somali pirates. Phillips was hailed a hero after offering himself as a hostage.

The boat is bright orange and relatively large, with a round shape and enclosed top.


Information from: The Palm Beach Post,


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