November 14th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Brits held by pirates released

A British couple kidnapped by pirates was released after more than a year in captivity, their family said in a statement Sunday. The family would not comment on a reported ransom payment.

Paul and Rachel Chandler were taken while on their yacht on October 23, 2009, just after they set sail from the Seychelles Islands for Tanzania. The Chandlers landed in Kenya late Sunday afternoon, said Abdurraham Omar Osman, a Somali government spokesman. The couple's family also confirmed their arrival.

"Throughout the protracted discussions with the pirates, it has been a difficult task for the family to get across the message that these were two retired people on a sailing trip on a small private yacht and not part of a major commercial enterprise involving tens of millions of pounds of assets," the family's statement read.  FULL STORY

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. CaptainObvious

    Still. Duh

    November 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. cesar

    Still. Duh

    November 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stick dog

    They shoulda called "The Expendables" paid them a half mil over and done.

    November 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cesar

    @CaptainObvious: Go to Best Gore.com., if you have the stomach for it.

    November 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 517blingdongding

    Arrrgh these Brits be sailing on the high seas of commerce! Avast ye crumpets ye olde tea-dippers. Whars me booty?

    November 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. where is my army nurse?

    Stay out of the water! Did we not learn anything from Jaws?!

    November 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CaptainObvious

    Hmm I'm not into gore whether it's horror or Al. Thanks though for the offer.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |