April 23, 2009
It was all smiles for Colin Wright and family members as they finally celebrate his homecoming. Wright was on board the Maersk Alabama when Somali pirates captured the ship, the same pirates that chased the Maersk the day before. Wright says this time, the pirates had more fuel and faster boats.
“Once they boarded the vessel with their guns, we had no chance to day anything,” said Wright. With others, he was captured on the bridge while other seamen were barricaded in a safe room. He says he feared for his life because of his size — he posed the biggest threat. “I believe they were going to shoot me. They looked like they were talking about shooting me and I could tell what they were talking about, even though they were speaking a foreign language,” he said.
Wright was greeted by his mother when he arrived home. His brother Bob Vaughan says family members are relieved after the high seas adventure. “It was a pretty exciting ordeal that he’s been through and it’s good to have him back home.”
Family members of the captured Somali pirate, now in American custody, claims he was coerced into piracy. Wright says he doesn’t buy that for as second.
Wright says the crew on board the Maersk train for pirate attacks and they made sure the pirates never controlled the ship. If they did he says, he would probably right now be held for ransom. “They have many ships right now from other countries and I believe ransoms have been paid and I think that is one of the reasons they keep trying to take ships is because they are being paid for taking them.”
And soon, Wright, who got to ride in his Cadillac named Rex, will soon be back on the high seas. “I’ve trained for many years to be a merchant seaman.” Wright says. “It’s something that I enjoy doing and its something that I’ll continue doing.”
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