Kidnapped couple fear execution 'in days'

A BRITISH couple with Suffolk family who were kidnapped by pirates while sailing off the east coast of Africa fear they could be executed within days.

A BRITISH couple with Suffolk family who were kidnapped by pirates while sailing off the east coast of Africa fear they could be executed within days.

Retired quantity surveyor Paul Chandler and economist Rachel Chandler disappeared after sailing from the Seychelles towards Tanzania on October 23 last year.

Mrs Chandler's brother and sister-in-law - Stephen and Christine Collett - live in Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds.

In an interview with ITV News Mr Chandler, 59, said he believed he and his wife, 55, could be killed in “three or four days”.


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He said the pirates had separated him from his wife, who told him in their last phone call that she was “giving up”.

“We tried to stay together and they threw us to the ground and whipped us, and beat Rachel with the rifle butts and I was dragged off and taken to a different location,” he said.

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