- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the captain who survived capture by Somali pirates has courage that is “a model for all Americans.”

Obama says he’s pleased that Capt. Richard Phillips has been rescued and is on board a Navy ship. Obama says Phillips’ safety was his main concern after being held hostage aboard a lifeboat.

Obama says he is proud of the U.S. military and other agencies that worked to free Phillips. The president says the United States needs help from other countries to deal with the threat of piracy and to hold pirates accountable.

The president praised Phillips for his bravery, courage and selfless concern for his crew.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama says the captain who survived capture by Somali pirates has courage that is “a model for all Americans.”

Obama says he’s pleased that Capt. Richard Phillips has been rescued and is on board a Navy ship. Obama says Phillips’ safety was his main concern after being held hostage aboard a lifeboat.

Obama says he is proud of the U.S. military and other agencies that worked to free Phillips. The president says the United States needs help from other countries to deal with the threat of piracy and to hold pirates accountable.

(This version CORRECTS headline to say rescued captain)

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