Actor Tom Hanks, left, portrayed Capt. Richard Phillips in the 2013 film. Photo: Columbia Pictures.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Capt. Richard Phillips, the merchant mariner whose cargo ship was seized by Somali pirates, said Wednesday he might never have survived the experience were it not for teamwork and some of the leadership skills he had picked up in his years as a “floating CEO.”  

Among others, the most germane, if not classic, lessons of the experience, he said, is that people are often much stronger than they know, that the only time all is lost is when we choose to quit, and that a focused, professional team can overcome almost any problem.

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