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 wereÂ taken while onÂ 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, aÂ 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.Â FULL STORY