Timeline: Paul and Rachel Chandler kidnap

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image captionPaul and Rachel Chandler were held for more than a year

British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year. Here is a timeline of events:

23 October 2009:

The Chandlers are taken hostage by gunmen in the Indian Ocean while sailing their yacht, the Lynn Rival, from the Seychelles towards Tanzania.

29 October 2009:

The MoD says the yacht is found empty during counter-piracy operations. Speaking by phone to the BBC's Somali Service, Mr Chandler says the couple are being treated well.

30 October 2009:

The pirates issue a ransom demand of $7m (£4.7m) in a phone call to the BBC.

2 November 2009:

The Chandlers are believed to have been taken to the mainland and moved away from the coast.

13 November 2009:

The MoD says the crew of a Royal Navy ship, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker the Wave Knight, watched as the Chandlers were kidnapped. They were ordered not to open fire because they had not wanted to endanger the couple's lives.

16 November 2009:

Representatives of the Somali community in the UK record messages - for broadcast on the BBC World Service and Eastern TV Network - appealing to the pirates to free the Chandlers on humanitarian grounds.

20 November 2009:

The Chandlers say in a video that they fear they could be killed within a week.

27 November 2009:

Their yacht is returned to the UK on board the RFA Wave Knight.

25 December 2009:

The Chandlers face Christmas in captivity with no immediate sign of their release.

21 January 2010:

In a telephone interview with ITN, Mr Chandler says he fears he and his wife will be killed in a matter of days.

22 January 2010:

A Whitehall official tells the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner that a UK special forces operation mounted to rescue the Chandlers was "bungled".

1 February 2010:

The Foreign Office defends its stance of not paying a ransom to help free the Chandlers, saying it believes that "making concessions only encourages future kidnaps".

1 March 2010:

In a telephone interview with a Somali television station, Mrs Chandler speaks of her loneliness and torment at being separated from her husband as the couple's wedding anniversary approaches.

3 March 2010:

A spokesman for the pirates says the Chandlers will not be reunited for the foreseeable future.

8 March 2010:

Dr Mohamed Helmi Hangul, who treated the Chandlers, says the couple have been temporarily reunited. They had been separated since January.

9 March 2010:

Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed says efforts are being made to free the Chandlers at the "earliest possible date".

26 May 2010:

In a televised interview, the Chandlers urge Prime Minister David Cameron to clarify whether the government will seek their release.

23 October 2010:

A sad milestone for the Chandlers as a whole year passes since they were seized.

14 November 2010:

The Chandlers are released by Somali pirates, and are taken to Adado, central Somalia, near the Ethiopian border.

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