Somali Pirates Release Retired British Quantity Surveyor and Wife.
As previously reported, retired quantity surveyor Paul Chandler and his wife Rachel Chandler disappeared October 23, 2009, while sailing from Seychelles to Tanzania in their yacht, Lynn Rival. As it turned out, the Chandlers where kidnapped by Somali pirates, beaten and separated.
It was reported that the pirates were moving the couple around Somalia and demanded a large ransom (reportedly in the £1.9 million to £2million range), not understanding that the British couple lacked the financial resources to pay such a ransom. Nearly a year ago, The London Times reported, “There were unconfirmed reports before Christmas that the couple were on the verge of being freed for a $100,000 (£61,500) ransom, when the government blocked the deal”, with the pirates then setting a deadline of three or four days and threatened to kill the couple if their demands were not met.
Video of Rachel Chandler telling of the couple's ordeal.
Happily, it is being reported this past weekend that the couple have been released after 388 days in captivity. The Daily Mail reports that the couple were released in the Ethiopian town of Adado and were then flown to Mogadishu, after a believed $1million ransom was paid to the Somali pirates.