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Mayor Honors Pirate Hostages

Friday, May 08, 2009

The captain of a cargo ship who was taken hostage by Somali pirates, and one of his crew members, were honored by Mayor Bloomberg at a ceremony at City Hall. The mayor gave Captain Richard Phillips, and William Rios, keys to the city. Rios lives in Harlem.

RIOS: It was a serious mission. But I am a New Yorker. They wasn't going to keep me there. I am a New Yorker.

Pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama cargo ship off the Somali coast last month. Phillips gave himself up as a hostage to save the others. Five days later Navy SEALS rescued him and killed three of the pirates. A fourth Somali is in Manhattan to face piracy charges. The mayor says he was going to give the men tickets to the game, but decided against it because the Mets are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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