UPDATE 4-British couple released by Somali pirates

Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:32pm GMT

* British couple kidnapped in October 2009

* More than 500 crew members still held by Somali pirates

* Paul Chandler says never felt lives in danger

(Recasts, adds quotes, changes dateline)

By Sahra Abdi

NAIROBI, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Somali pirates released British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler on Sunday, more than a year after gunmen kidnapped the Britons aboard their yacht near the Seychelles archipelago.

The couple were handed to local officials in a central Somali town after a ransom was paid. They were flown to the capital Mogadishu to meet the Somali prime minister and then to neighbouring Kenya, where they arrived on Sunday afternoon.

"We are fine, rather skinny and bony, but we are fine. We were told on Friday in a way which gave us some confidence. But otherwise, we've been told we are going to be released almost every 10 days," Paul Chandler told BBC television.

Somali pirates kidnapped the couple on Oct. 23 last year after hijacking their 38-foot yacht Lynn Rival in the Indian Ocean off the Seychelles.   Continued...

Powered by Reuters AlertNet. AlertNet provides news, images and insight from the world's disasters and conflicts and is brought to you by Reuters Foundation.