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Luke Potter, left, and Doug Safratowich are members of the USS Bainbridge crew that rescued ship captain Richard Phillips. (Submitted photo)

Park Rapids alums take part in captain's rescue from pirates

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When Somali pirates hijacked the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama and took its American captain hostage, the Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge arrived on the scene, with Park Rapids alumni Luke Potter (1999) and Doug Safratowich (1995) among the crew members.

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The USS Bainbridge was 300 miles away at the time of the Wednesday, April 8 attack, arriving the next morning.

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