capt._richard_phillips.jpgNORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ The company that owns the American ship seized this week by Somali pirates says the captain that has been held hostage for days has been rescued.

Maersk Line Limited President and CEO John Reinhart said in a news release that the U.S. government informed the company around 1:30 p.m. Sunday that Richard Phillips had been rescued.

Reinhart said the company called Phillips' wife, Andrea, to tell her the news. He said the crew of the Maersk Alabama was “jubilant'' when they received word that Phillips was safe.

Phillips was being held captive on a lifeboat after his ship was boarded by pirates days ago. The rest of the crew and the ship have made it safely to a port in Kenya.

Pictured above is Capt. Richard Phillips.