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At the last family reunion in July 2007, Bill Coggio from River Falls shares a lighter moment with his brother-in-law, Richard Phillips.

Captain's rescue from pirates by Navy SEALs cause for celebration

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They were scared and worried, but the Bill Coggio family found moments of humor to relieve the tension.

When Bill's 7th grade daughter at Meyer Middle School, Dana, didn't have her language arts assignment done last Wednesday night, Bill suggested: "Tell your teacher that your uncle's been captured by pirates."

Father and daughter laughed but agreed the alibi probably wouldn't fly with Mrs. Schertz.

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