Friday, 13 November 2009

Royal Navy 'watched yacht hijack'

Ed: I thought the thing about Nelson's eye was knowing when to turn it. After the Iran hostage navy crisis, this wasn't supposed to happen again. :-(

The crew of a Royal Navy vessel watched as a British couple were taken hostage by Somali pirates but were ordered not to open fire, it has emerged.

The ship did not act for fear of getting the couple killed, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Paul and Rachel Chandler, aged 59 and 55, from Kent, were ordered off their yacht by gunmen in the Indian Ocean in the early hours of 23 October.

The Chandlers had been travelling to Tanzania from the Seychelles. Read more
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