Somali pirates have kidnapped a British couple who went missing in the Indian Ocean four days ago in the middle of a round-the-world sailing trip. Fears for the safety of Paul and Rachel Chandler, 58 and 55, from Tunbridge Wells had been mounting since the emergency beacon aboard their yacht Lynn Rival went off last week.
“We have captured two old British [people], a man and woman in the Indian Ocean. They were on a small boat that we have hijacked,” a pirate called Mohamed Shakir told The Times by phone from Haradheere in Somalia. The pirate added that the two were “healthy and in our hands” but would not say where they would be taken. Ransom demands are likely to follow. Read on.