On 23 October, Paul and Rachel Chandler, aged 59 and 55 respectively, were taken hostage by Somali pirates operating in the Indian Ocean. The Chandlers, who are experienced sailors from England, were asleep when the pirates boarded their yacht, the Lynn Rival, as they sailed from the Seychelles to Tanzania. A ransom demand of US$7 million (£4.3 million) was made on 30 October in a phone call to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); the sum demanded was described by the pirates’ spokesperson as a “little amount” in comparison to the damage incurred by local fishermen in the region by NATO operations.

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