It was on Easter Sunday, one year ago, that an American cargo ship captain, Richard Phillips, held hostage by Somali pirates, was freed in a dramatic rescue by Navy sharpshooters. At the time, Phillips was portrayed as a hero, who traded his life, to save those of his crew. The reality behind the news reports wasn't quite so simple.
On Sunday, Captain Phillips tells NBC's Matt Lauer the harrowing true story of those four grueling days on a tiny lifeboat: a tale of terror, despair and, ultimately, quiet courage.
Join us for a riveting story, "Rescue on the High Seas," on Dateline Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT.