Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pirates Move Yacht Couple to Hell-Hole; 'Exhausted' Pair Kept Prisoner in Hold of Cargo Ship

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pirates Move Yacht Couple to Hell-Hole; 'Exhausted' Pair Kept Prisoner in Hold of Cargo Ship

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Byline: Ross Lydall

A BRITISH couple captured by pirates were today imprisoned in the hold of a container ship off the coast of Somalia.

Paul and Rachel Chandler were said to be "safe but exhausted" after their 38ft yacht Lynn Rival was found deserted by a European warship. It is now being examined.

The couple from Tunbridge Wells have been forced on to a hijacked Singapore cargo vessel after pirates feared a rescue bid by the Royal Navy. A spokesman for the Somali gang said today: "They are exhausted and they need rest. We will be holding them in the Singaporean ship along with that ship's crew. We decided not to take them to shore."

The couple were seized last Sunday after six pirates stormed their boat as it sailed round the Seychelles. Mr Chandler, 59, a retired quantity surveyor, and Mrs Chandler, 55, were transported to the port town of Haradeere before being transferred to the Kota Wajar, a Singaporean cargo ship Family's hope hijacked by pirates 10 days ago. …

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