15 Nov 2010

Somali pirates release British couple

7:46 pm on 15 November 2010

A British couple held captive for more than a year by Somali pirates have been freed.

Paul and Rachel Chandler, from Kent, were seized from their yacht off the Seychelles in October 2009.

Unconfirmed reports suggest a ransom was paid, the BBC reports.

The couple have arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, saying little about their captivity other than they were not directly endangered by the gang after the initial seizure.

Mr Chandler said they suffered no serious physical harm though were beaten once.

There was no official word on whether a ransom was paid, but a BBC correspondent said it was the best part of $US1 million.

A payment of about $US430,000 was made in June, but did not result in the release of the Chandlers, the correspondent said.