Somali pirate couple 'sell story'
Freed hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler have sold the story of how they were kidnapped by Somali pirates in a deal worth an estimated £500,000.
In a statement, the retired couple, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said they had opted to give interviews with one broadcaster and one newspaper.
The price agreed has not been divulged. But PR expert Max Clifford said he believed the story was worth around half a million pounds.
The Chandlers said the money would go towards repaying "certain immediate debts" resulting from their "unfortunate and troubling episode".
The couple were freed earlier this month after more than a year in captivity during which they were beaten by their captors.
They were snatched during a round-the-world sailing trip, when their 38-foot yacht, the Lynn Rival, was stormed by armed men.
A ransom, reportedly paid by a mixture of private investors and the Somali government, secured their release and ended the 388-day ordeal.
It has been suggested that two payments totalling around one million dollars (£620,000) were made to the Chandlers' captors.
The UK government has stressed that it did not contribute to the ransom payout.
In a statement, the Chandlers said that they had sold their story to recoup some of the costs they have incurred.