At least one good news. MANAMA, Bahrain (CNN) Navy snipers opened fire on pirates holding an American cargo-ship captain hostage after seeing that one of the pirates had an AK 47 leveled at the captains back, a military official said Sunday. Three pirates were killed and the captain was rescued uninjured, Navy Vice Adm. Bill Gortney told reporters. Capt. Richard Phillips who had been held hostage by four pirates since they attacked his ship, the Maersk Alabama, on Wednesday was resting comfortably on the USS Boxer following his rescue Sunday night, according to the Navy. Phillips contacted his family and received a routine medical exam after his rescue at 7:19 p.m. (12:19 p.m. ET), the Navy Central Command said. The captain is in good health. Hes showered up and in a clean set of clothes, Gortney said in a telephone news conference from Navy Central Command in Bahrain. Wanted to go to sniper school but the Marine sniper told me that civilians are not allowed. Shooting from 500 meters up is no longer self defense, it seems. Still, it would be nice if I could hit man sized paper targets at 500 meters.