British couple freed by Somali Pirates

Paul and Rachel Chandler of Kent, England, retired early, sold their home and bought a 38-foot yacht to sail the world. Little did they know their trip would be cut short by pirates.

A British couple has been released after being taken by Somali Pirates and held captive for more than a year, the Guardian reported.

Paul and Rachel Chandler, 61 and 56, were freed after a ransom was paid to have them released, the Guardian reported. They arrived in Kenya Sunday and said that they were "rather skinny and boney" but otherwise fine.

The couple was taken after armed pirates boarded their yacht off the Seychelles, 800 miles east of the African coast. They were told two days ago that they were going to be released, Chandler said.

"We were told on Friday and in a way which gave us some confidence to believe it," he said, according to the Telegraph. "We'd been told we were going to be released in 10 days almost every 10 days for nine months."

For a year and three weeks, the couple was moved around several makeshift camps in Somalia, fed canned spaghetti and goat meat and constantly monitored by armed men, the Telegraph reported. The couple said that they were often "caged like animals" and were scared they would be "killed and abandoned here in the desert".

The couple will fly to Nairobi and undergo medical checks, after a brief meeting with Sheikh Sharif, Somalia's president, in Mogadishu, the Telegraph reported.

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