Sailor sues over pirated ship

HOUSTON (AP) - A crew member of a cargo ship hijacked by African
pirates has sued the owner of the vessel, accusing the company of
knowingly putting the crew in danger.

Richard E. Hicks, the chief cook on board the Maersk Alabama, was aboard the ship attacked by pirates this month off the Somali coast. He alleges in his suit filed Monday in Houston that the company ignored requests from sailors to improve safety measures and asks that it now provide armed security, allow crew members to carry weapons, and send ships on safer routes.

Hicks also asked that Denmark-based Maersk Line Ltd. and Waterman Steam Ship Corp., pay at least $75,000 in damages.

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