British man freed by Somali pirates learns of father's death

15th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Paul Chandler, the Briton who with his wife Rachel was freed after 13 months held captive by Somali pirates, learned shortly after his release that his father died in July, the couple said Monday.

"We have just learned that Paul's father died in late July, and we obviously need to come to terms with that," they said in a statement released through the British Foreign Office.

Paul Chandler, 60, and his 53-year-old wife were released by their captors in Somalia on Sunday and flown to Nairobi where they spent the night at the British high commission.

They said they would return to Britain "very soon" and added: "We thank you all for your concern and interest."

They said they did not intend to give any interviews "until we have had time to adjust to the situation and we would appreciate it if you would give us and our families some space, and respect our privacy for the moment".

A ransom was paid to secure the release of the couple, who were captured by Somali pirates in October last year as they sailed near the Seychelles.

Somali pirates continue to hold hundreds of sailors hostage after seizing commercial ships.

© 2010 AFP

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