BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The wife of sea Capt. Richard Phillips says her husband praised the military for rescuing him and called them the "real heroes" of his ordeal.
Andrea Phillips held a news briefing at a Burlington, Vt., hotel, where a spokeswoman for her husband's employer read a statement on her behalf.
Andrea Phillips says the hardest part for her was not knowing what her husband was enduring. She says she is proud of her husband and thanks everyone for giving her "the strength to be strong for Richard."
This image provided by the U.S. Navy taken from video made with an unmanned aerial vehicle shows a 28-foot lifeboat from the U.S.-flagged container ship Maersk Alabama on Thursday, April 9, 2009 in the Indian Ocean. In a daring high-seas rescue Sunday April 12, 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL snipers killed three Somali pirates and freed the American sea captain who had offered himself as a hostage to save his crew (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
In this image made from video provided by the U.S. Navy, Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips, right, is welcomed aboard the USS Bainbridge on Sunday, April 12, 2009 after being rescued by U.S. naval forces off the coast of Somalia. Philips was held hostage for four days by pirates. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)