Sailor couple held by pirates aim to finish voyageJune 11th, 2012 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS
London, June 10 (IANS) A British couple held hostage by Somali pirates for more than a year are planning to finish their round-the-world sailing trip.
Rachel and Paul Chandler said they had the support of family and friends who raised half a million pounds of ransom money for them, the Daily Mail reported Sunday.
They were kidnapped in the Indian Ocean in October 2009 and held separately for more than a year. The couple spent 388 days in captivity after armed raiders boarded their 38 feet yacht as they sailed from the Seychelles to Tanzania.
The retired pair, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, were released in November 2010 after a ransom was paid. Paul Chandler said those around them had been “wonderful”.
“They want us to get our lives back, and life for us at the moment is travelling and sailing,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.
“I think they are relaxed about it, I don’t think they would be very positive if we were to be captured again, but we had bad luck, we were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the chances of it happening again are incredibly small.”
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