2 hostages of pirates get keys to NYC

May 8, 2009 3:11:28 PM PDT
The U.S. cargo ship captain and a crew member who were taken hostage by Somali pirates have been honored at New York's City Hall by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor presented keys to the city to crew member William Rios and Capt. Richard Phillips and joked about Friday's baseball game at the New York Mets' Citi Field.

The mayor says he was going to give the men tickets to the game but decided against it because the Mets are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama cargo ship off the Horn of Africa last month. Phillips gave himself up as a hostage to save the others. Five days later Navy SEALS rescued him and killed three of the pirates. A fourth Somali is in Manhattan to face piracy charges.


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