British Couple Held By Pirates Purportedly Shown In New Video

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) - A British couple who have been held hostage for more than three months are pleading for help in new video.

The video of the couple was taken by Somali pirates and its date and location couldn't be independently verified by AP Television.

British broadcaster Sky News aired the footage of 59-year-old Paul Chandler and his wife Rachel. The pair were heading to Tanzania in their yacht, when they were kidnapped by pirates late last October.

In the video, both appear uninjured but frail and underweight. The couple claim that they've been separated and held in solitary confinement.

They ask for help to pay for their ransom, saying they're innocent people who've done no wrong. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband recently said the government won't get involved in any ransom payments, but, he says the government can't stand in the way of private citizens.

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