Maersk Alabama Crew Member Files Lawsuit Against Employer for Failing to Protect Him from Pirates
Hicks was taken hostage by Somali pirates
"The engine room was dark and hot, maybe 130 degrees," Says Hicks. "We were all cramping up with heat stroke symptoms when we were able to take a pirate hostage and tried to negotiate the return of our Captain."
Pirates promised to exchange the ship's Captain for the pirate hostage but
instead escaped with the Captain and their pirate crewmember.
"Waterman Steamship Corporation and Maersk Line Limited chose to rely on the United States Military and taxpayers to provide after-the-fact rescue
operations," Says Bryant. "This choice caused substantially more cost and
risk to human life than what would have been incurred by Defendants had they provided appropriate levels of security in the first place."
Hicks says he still suffers from injuries as a result of the incident and is afraid to return to his work as a chief steward.