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Pirate ordeal couple Paul Chandler and Rachel Chandler back home in UK

Paul and Rachel Chandler arrived back in the UK last night after being held captive by Somali pirates for more than a year.

Their return brings to an end a 388-day ordeal that began in October 2009, when their yacht was seized by armed pirates as it sailed from the Seychelles towards Tanzania.

The couple, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, landed at Heathrow Airport aboard Virgin Atlantic flight VS672 from Nairobi.

Mr and Mrs Chandler, aged 60 and 57 respectively, left the plane separately from other passengers and were met by a car on the Tarmac.

They were released on Sunday and handed over to local officials in the Somali town of Adado after a ransom of up to a million dollars (£620,000) was reportedly paid to their kidnappers.

Mr and Mrs Chandler were then flown to the capital Mogadishu and on to Nairobi, Kenya.

They only learned after their release that Mr Chandler's father Alfred had died while they were being held.

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