Sanders Welcomes Freedom for Vermont Cargo Ship Captain

BURLINGTON, Vt., April 12 - Senator Bernie Sanders issued the following statement today after Capt. Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vt., was freed unharmed in a firefight with Somali pirates who held him hostage for days in a lifeboat off the African coast.

"The people of Vermont are proud of the extraordinary courage of Capt. Phillips, the dignity of his family under great stress and the outstanding performance of the U.S. Navy and other governmental personnel in rescuing Richard and dispatching those who apprehended him. It is a happy Easter in Underhill and throughout the state."