Shipping company says captain is unharmed

The shipping company Maersk says the captain being held by pirates off the coast of Africa has made contact with the Navy and the crew of his ship and so far is unharmed.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) âÄî The shipping company Maersk (mersk) says the captain being held by pirates off the coast of Africa has made contact with the Navy and the crew of his ship and so far is unharmed. The company says in a statement released Thursday afternoon that Capt. Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vt., has a radio and has been provided with additional batteries and provisions. It wasn’t immediately clear how he got them. Phillips has been in a lifeboat with the pirates since Wednesday when the Maersk Alabama was hijacked. The crew later took back control of the ship. The company says that that the lifeboat is still within full visibility of the Navy’s USS Bainbridge.