The AP called the ship's satellite phone. The man who answered it said the 20-member crew had been taken hostage but managed to seize one pirate and then successfully negotiate their own release.
He says the crew has retaken control of the ship and the pirates are now in a lifeboat. But the man also says that they are holding the ship's captain hostage in the vessel.
Phillips: Can you tell me the situation right now?
Quinn: Right now they want to hold our captain for ransom and we're trying to get him back. We have a coalition that will be here in three hours. So we're just trying to hold them off for three more hours and then we'll have a warship here to help us.
Phillips: Can you tell me where your captain is in proximity to your cargo ship? where is the — who was he with? what type of boat is he on right now?
Quinn: He's in the ship's lifeboat. When they board, they sank their boats so the captain talked them into getting off the ship with the lifeboat. But we took one of their pirates hostage and did an exchange. What? Huh? Okay. I've got to go.
Phillips: Ken, can you stay with me for just two more seconds?
Phillips: Can you tell me about the negotiations, what you've offered these pirates in exchange for your captain?
Quinn: We had one of their hostages. We had a pirate we took and kept him for 12 hours. We tied him up and he was our prisoner.
Phillips: Did you return him?
Quinn: Yeah, we did. But we returned him but they didn't return the captain. So now we're just trying to offer them whatever we can. Food. But it's not working too good.
Phillips: Are you in control of the vessel right now?
Quinn: Yeah. they are not aboard now. We're controlling —
Phillips: So can you see that lifeboat with your captain, with the pirates? Is he okay? Is he still alive?
Quinn: yeah. yeah. He talks on the — he's got one of our ship's radios. We talk to him.
Phillips: So what is it that the pirates want now in exchange for your captain?
Quinn: I've got to hang up.