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Old 10-27-2009, 12:40 PM   #21
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/worl...icle6891678.ece

According to the times, pirates......God bless them and keep them safe
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:44 PM   #22
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This is very sad. Let's hope they come home safe.

I can't see anything that says whereabouts they are originally from in Britain. Does anyone know?
They are from Tunbridge Wells, the nicest couple you could wish to meet. They are a very together couple so hopefully they will withstand what is thrown at them. Just pray for them that they don't get hurt.
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:45 PM   #23
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best wishes to all involved. Hope they are right and on their way soon.

Hmm can we please not have the politics in threads like this?
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:41 PM   #24
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Latest from the BBC:

A spokesman for the Seychelles Coast Guard said they had not heard from the couple, who were out of reach by satellite phone.

He said: "There have been reports that they were hijacked by pirates but no one can prove that. We don't know what has happened and cannot speculate."


Let's just all hope and pray!
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:12 PM   #25
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Yacht LYNN RIVAL observed 30 nm south of HObyo, Somalia. Efforts being made by local elders to have the couple freed unharmed.

Reported on: ECOTERRA INT'L Somalia Marine & Coastal Monitor
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:27 AM   #26
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If this is true then the couple are probably well if traumatised.

One thing worries me with this and similar posts; what is the source of the information? Did you see this yourself? Are you reporting something from a news agency, if so which? Is this hearsay?

I am not casting any doubts on the integrity of the poster. I just think we should be very cautious about posting information which, if it is right or wrong, can cause grief to others.

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Old 10-28-2009, 07:02 AM   #27
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Maritime Monitors relayed at 20h10 local time that the abducted sailing yacht S/Y LYNN RIVAL was observed around 30 nm south of Hobyo at the Central Somali Coast, ECOTERRA Intl. reports. Further reports from local elders indicate that the British couple held on the boat are well and that efforts are made to have them released unconditionally and immediately. More from ECOTERRA - SMCM Piracy - ECOTERRA Intl. SMCM Somali Marine & Coastal Monitor. Issue No. 277

I googled Lynn rival news, this was contained in 3rd or 4th heading down.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:56 PM   #28
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Many thanks for this information.

I am sure everyone appreciates that sensitive information must be substantiated.

Once again; thank you.

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Old 10-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #29
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I have not been able to find the Ecoterra report no.277 on its website.

I believe it likely to be inaccurate. The yacht was taken 650NM from the Somalian coast - five days sailing for a Rival 38 and beyond its range under power unless it was carrying 100 litres extra fuel in cans. Unless the captors are allowing the Chandlers to sail the yacht, it will run out of fuel about now and 1-200NM offshore.

Much reporting, especially that coming out of Somalia, is unreliable. The people really involved will be negotiating well away from publicity.

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The following article is being published by the BBC with the following Headline

Warships track 'hijacked yacht'

Link Here
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BBC Update Report

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Old 11-13-2009, 09:25 PM   #32
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Her is the latest news after a crewman from the naval vessel talks, unbelievable!

Details of the Navy operation were leaked to the press by an anonymous crew member of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship.

We did everything we could possibly do without further endangering the lives of Paul and Rachel Chandler

Ministry of Defence spokesman.The crew member revealed that the RFA Wave Knight had come within just 50ft (15m) of the couple's yacht, the Lynn Rival, at one point.

A MoD spokesman said: "Every effort was made by the Royal Navy and the international maritime fleet to locate the Lynn Rival.

"We did everything we could possibly do without further endangering the lives of Paul and Rachel Chandler.

"We do not comment on operational detail but RFA Wave Knight did very well under the circumstances."

The replenishment tanker was carrying 75 merchant seamen and 25 Royal Navy sailors, as well as a helicopter, at the time of the incident.

An official account of the kidnap released last month said only that a Royal Navy vessel had found the couple's yacht empty, without disclosing that the couple were within sight at the time.
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Follow-up story:

The couple were released after being held captive for over a year. Planning to go back to sea again as at 2011. See here:

JAN MOIR: Brave or bonkers? The couple kidnapped by Somali pirates who are planning on going back to sea | Mail Online
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