What Are Rachel & Paul Chandler Doing Now? Netflix's 'Captive' Highlights Their Harrowing StoryOn 23 October , British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were kidnapped from their sailing boat in the archipelago of the Seychelles. Their yacht, Lynn Rival , was recovered six days later by naval forces, abandoned off the central Somali coast. After the attack, Paul and Rachel were taken first onto a previously hijacked merchant ship and then to Somalia, where they were held for over a year, enduring threats and intimidation while their captors tried to extort millions of dollars from their family. In this remarkable book, the Chandlers recount their terrifying ordeal, revealing the inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines. At the heart of their survival was their unshakeable belief in each other and their determination to survive, making Hostage an unlikely love story; for Paul and Rachel, death, at times, seemed preferable to being separated.
British Couple Freed from Somali Pirates
Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters
Paul and Rachel Chandler are still smiling. But now, in front of the ITN cameras, those voices are relaxed, their faces softened, and their bony frames beginning to fill out. Snatched at gunpoint last October from their beloved yacht, Lynn Rival, in the Indian Ocean by a gang of 10 men, the Tunbridge Wells couple were briefly transferred to a container ship, also held by pirates, before being taken to the scrublands of Somalia. It was there that their torment began, as they waited for rescue or for a ransom to be paid. Laser cannons to defend ships from pirates.
In December , Somali pirates with AKs and rocket- propelled grenades interrupted the ocean idyll of a retired British couple on their dream boat. Paul and Rachel Chandler were taken from their foot yacht to the bush of Somalia. Unfortunately for the pirates, their prey were less wealthy than expected, and more pugnacious. In their minutely detailed account, the Chandlers do disappointingly little to provide context for their misadventure. Why are there so many Somali pirates, and what is their civil war about, anyway? The Chandlers spend more than a year in captivity, but expend little time understanding their captors, even in retrospect.
It wasn't really a pretty night," Rachel Chandler recalls. Small, sloshing waves were coming from the southeast, and a trickle of wind blew from the southwest. There was no moon, and the stars were shrouded by clouds. The wind was pushing them farther north than they'd planned. With no ships or land in sight, the Chandlers' foot sailing boat, the Lynn Rival, bobbed along all alone. Rachel, who is 57, was on watch while her husband, Paul, was asleep below deck. It was about 2.