Capt. Richard Phillips, captured in 2009 when Somali pirates hijacked his ship, will visit the Tri-Cities Monday.
He will speak at a dinner to kick off Safety Connect, a Hanford health and science fair.
Phillips offered himself as a hostage to protect the crew. His harrowing story was told in the movie Captain Phillips, with Phillips played by Tom Hanks.
The event was sold out by Friday morning at 9:45 a.m.
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The dinner is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.