Initial reports indicate that while one of the pirates was on board the Bainbridge attempting to negotiate with officials, SEAL snipers fatally shot the three other pirates still occupying the lifeboat.
Evidently, talks for Captain Phillips' release, between Somali clan leaders and American officials, had broken down late Saturday night.
This along with the pirates drifting closer inland to Somalia more than likely prompted the Navy's response.
Breitbart-"The negotiations between the elders and American officials have broken down. The reason is American officials wanted to arrest the pirates in Puntland and elders refused the arrest of the pirates," said the commissioner, Abdi Aziz Aw Yusuf. He said he organized initial contacts between the elders and the Americans."
Breitbart-The fisherman, Abdi Sheikh Muse, said that could be an indication the lifeboat may be near to shore.Captain Phillips underwent a medical exam while onboard the Bainbridge and is reported to be in good health.
The U.S. Navy had assumed the pirates would try to get their hostage to shore, where they can hide him on Somalia's lawless soil and be in a stronger position to negotiate a ransom.
Three U.S. warships were within easy reach of the lifeboat on Saturday. The pirates had threatened to kill Phillips if attacked.
Not a bad Easter gift for Captain Phillips' wife Andrea.
NY Post-Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was not hurt in several minutes of gunfire and the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said he was resting comfortably on a U.S. warship after receiving a medical exam."I'm just the byline. The real heroes are the Navy, the Seals, those who have brought me home," Phillips said by phone to Maersk Line Limited President and CEO John Reinhart, the company head told reporters.
MSNBC-Obama twice approved force to rescue hostage (Somebody, may owe the President an apology, lol.)
Fox News-Navy Made Split-Second Decision to Open Fire in Captain Rescue