Somali priates free couple after being held for over a year

By Justin Reis

A British couple was released Sunday after being held captive for over a year by Somali Pirates, their family said in a statement.

Paul and Rachel Chandler were forced off their yacht on October 23, 2009 after they sailed from Seychelles Islands for Tanzania, according to CNN.

The Chadler's family confirmed the couples arrival in Kenya Sunday afternoon. "The two retired people on a sailing trip on a small private yacht and not part of a major commercial enterprise involving tens of millions of pounds of assets," the family of the Chandler's said.

A ransom of roughly $750,000 was paid to the pirates, however the family did not comment or confirm this number released by local elders in Somalia.

According to CNN, the Chandler's relatives said, ""would like to thank those in the Somali community especially, both locally and in the UK, who did so much to help secure their release."

Paul Chandler said after they were captured, the pirates said they would be killed if they were not paid $7 million in ransom, reported CNN.

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