The U.S. Navy summoned the FBI in an atmosphere of crisis Thursday for advice on how to rescue a cargo ship captain held hostage in the Indian Ocean by pirates who seized his vessel off the coast of Somalia. A U.S. destroyer has reached the waters where the Somali pirates are holding the captain. (Apr. 9, 2009)
Somali coastal waters are prime hunting ground in 2009. (Updated April 13, 2009)
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Map: Pirate attacks by country in 2008. Somalia leads the world in pirate attacks, with 111 in 2008.
Diagram: How pirate attacks can happen. Container and cargo ships led the list of vessels attacked in 2007. When pirates approach a vessel, the crew's first options are to escape or repulse the attack.
Maritime schools in the United States teach piracy evasion as part of a broader curriculum, and it appears to have aided the crew of the Maersk Alabama when they were boarded Wednesday. (Apr. 9, 2009)