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UK sailors abducted by Somalian pirates have been released

15th November 2010

The Chandlers, who were kidnapped nearly 400 days ago by Somalian pirates are preparing to return to the UK after their release

Paul, 60, and Rachel Chandler, 56, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, spent their first night of freedom at the British High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya.

The couple have spoken of their ordeal and have revealed the worst part was leaving their yacht and being separated. Mrs Chandler said, “We were really distraught, we were very frightened at that point.”

The Chandlers are reportedly in 'relatively good health' and are making plans to return to the UK.

Reports suggest their release was the result of the payment of a ransom, although this has not yet been confirmed.

The Chandlers were sailing from the Seychelles to Tanzania when Somalian pirates boarded their boat on October, 23 2009.

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