New that sea Captain Richard Phillips was rescued from Somali pirates spread quickly Sunday through his hometown of Underhill, Vt.

Vehicles passing his family's home on River Road honked their horns as they drove by while a Vermont State Trooper stood outside, the Burlington Free Press reported.

The trooper told the dozens of reporters and photographers camped outside the Phillips' home that the family would not be making an immediate comment about the rescue, the Free Press reported.

Signs scattered around the town calling for Phillips' safe return were now being replaced with messages of his release, the newspaper reported.

His wife Andrea, who is holed up inside their house with her two college-aged children, was reportedly notified by Maersk Line Limited, the company who owns the Maersk Alabama about her husband's release.

Phillips was rescued unharmed Sunday from four Somali pirates, who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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