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Pirate Hostage Couple To Finish Sailing Trip

Friday, June 08, 2012

The couple held hostage by Somali pirates for more than a year are planning to finish their round-the-world sailing trip.

Rachel and Paul Chandler said they had the support of family and friends who raised half a million pounds of ransom money for them.

They were kidnapped in October 2009 and held separately for more than a year.

Mr Chandler said those around them had been "wonderful".

"They want us to get our lives back, and life for us at the moment is travelling and sailing," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"I think they are relaxed about it, I don't think they would be very positive if we were to be captured again, but we had bad luck, we were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the chances of it happening again are incredibly small."

Mrs Chandler said: "From day one our close family and friends were very keen that we should get back to normal."

The couple spent 388 days in captivity after armed raiders boarded their 38ft yacht, Lynn Rival, as they sailed from the Seychelles to Tanzania in notoriously dangerous waters.

The retired pair, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, were released in November 2010 after a ransom was paid.


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