Pirates: The Maersk Alabama
But sailors and pirates soon realized that the tiny, open-air rescue boat the pirates were starting out in wasn't going to hold up to the increasingly rough seas. Able-Bodied Seaman William Rios, 41, of New York, and another sailor set out in a sturdier, enclosed and motorized lifeboat. They traded this for the rescue dinghy, leaving food, water, fuel and other supplies for the pirates.
But Muse escaped and boarded the lifeboat with his fellow pirates before the agreed-upon time. The pirates would not now give up the captain.