West Hartford (WTNH) - The wife of a Connecticut crew member onboard the Maersk Alabamasays her husband is considering whether he should give up hisjob.
ATM Zahid Reza is a merchant marine from West Hartford has beenfront and center among the 19-crew members aboard the MaerskAlabama. In one video, he's seen holding the American Flag as thecrew celebrate their captain's freedom from pirates.
"They never had control," ATM Reza said.
Reza told his wife Elizabeth Pond-Reza he fought off one of thepirates early on by stabbing him. In another piece of video you cansee Reza motioning, showing reporters how he stabbed the pirate inthe hand.
We are learning through reports that the lone pirate now incustody is in fact the pirate stabbed by Reza. Military sourcestold the Associated Press a wounded pirate asked to be taken to theUSS Bainbridge for medical help. He had a stab wound to the hand,and was shuttled by a small boat to the Navy Vessel.
All that happened before U.S. Navy Seals stepped in to rescuethe captain.
Elizabeth Pond-Reza says her husband was ready if piratesattacked.
"I talked to him before he left," she said. "He felt clear therewas significant danger and had to be very careful, and had to knowwhat to do in case of a pirate attack."
Pond-Reza and her 6-year-old son are grateful their loved one issafe, and no doubt are comforted by seeing ATM in videos kissingthe American Flag and celebrating with his crewmates.
News Channel 8 has learned Reza called his wife from Kenyamoments after news broke that his captain was freed, and said hewas "terribly relieved" his captain was safe.
Even though the crew of the Maersk Alabama is celebrating,they're also very concerned for the safety of the more than 200 menand women who are still being held hostage by Somali pirates nearKenya.
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