Kidnapped British Couple Dealt with the Situation by Doing Yoga
A quick summary of the 2009 kidnapping ordeal that happened to Paul and Rachel Chandler.
October 23, 2009: A British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, was kidnapped from their 38 ft sailing boat off the archipelago of the Seychelles during the night. The distress signal was sent out at 22h00. Naval forces and Search & Rescue centres did not swing into full action until the story broke on 27 October and pirates informed the media that the couple was in their hands. The yacht S/Y Lynn Rival was found the next day by naval forces, abandoned off the Central Somali Coast. The two hostages had been first taken onto a previously hijacked merchant ship, the MV Kota Wajar, and then onto land near Ceel Huur, north of Harardhere. The couple were released on 14 November 2010, after a reported £600,000 ransom was paid.
For 388 days, British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler embraced mental clarity by keeping in shape by doing yoga practice and aerobic exercises.
When asked what the worst experiences were, they replied that “We spent three months in solitary confinement. There were times of total despair. We thought we would never see our families or friends again,” and that the hardest times were when they were separated from one another.
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