PIRATE ATTACK ON TAPE
POSTED: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm
The Senate Maritime Subcomittee has released dramatic amateur video of the attack on an American cargo ship by Somali pirates last month.
Somali pirates fired machine guns and rocket propelled grenades at the Liberty Sun, but the cargo ship managed to get away.
The video was released by Senator Frank Lautenberg, chair of a Maritime Safety Senate Subcommittee.
The pirates peppered the bridge with machine gun fire and despite the gunfire, you can hear the captain giving orders to the engine room from the bridge.
The Liberty Sun's crew wasn't injured in the attack, but parts of the ship were hit with rocket fire.
The USS Bainbridge, the destroyer that was instrumental in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama when it was attacked by pirates, responded to the calls for help from the Liberty Sun as well.