05/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Two Graduates Led Ship Hijacked By Somali Pirates

Two graduates of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy led the ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates. The crew of the hijacked ship managed to retake control from the pirates, however pirates are still holding the captain hostage in a lifeboat.

The Boston Globe reports:

Shane Murphy, a 2001 graduate of the Bourne college who lives in Seekonk, is the chief officer on the Maersk Alabama, his father Joseph Murphy said this morning. Joseph Murphy, a Mass. Maritime professor, said officials at the Danish shipping company told him earlier this morning that the crew has not been harmed. The captain of the vessel was identified as Richard Phillips, 55, of Underhill, Vt., a 1979 graduate.