Monday, November 15, 2010

British Couple Released by Somali Pirates after Year-Long Ordeal

From Latitude 38:

""We are happy to be alive, happy to be here, desperate to see our family," said British sailor Rachel Chandler at a news conference in Mogadishu. She and her husband Paul were finally released yesterday, after being held captive by Somali pirates for 388 days." According to ITN News, a total of $800,000 was given to their captors before the Chandlers' release was eventually granted.

Chandlers released by pirates

"We've been a year with criminals, and that's not a very nice thing to be doing," said Mrs. Chandler.

Intial reports from the Associated Press and others did not mention the fate of the Chandlers' boat, which we assume is unrecoverable. According to news reports at the time of their capture, the boat and cruising kitty represented much of the couple's life savings.


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