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Missing couple's yacht found abandoned in Indian Ocean
A ministry spokesman said it appeared the couple, who are feared kidnapped by pirates, had been transferred to another vessel.
"There's nothing to indicate that they've been harmed," said the spokesman, who asked not to be named in line with policy.
The yacht was found in international waters, but the spokesman refused to give a more exact location.
Paul and Rachel Chandler set off from the Seychelles for Tanzania on October 21 on their 38-foot-yacht, the Lynn Rival, according to their blog. They have not been heard from since, but a distress beacon was activated on October 23, according to naval officials.
International military forces have been treating the case as a "potential hijacking," Lt. Ian Jones of Britain's Royal Navy told CNN Tuesday. "We have no confirmation that anything has been pirated," he added.
There are many possibilities, he said, adding he was aware of the reports of piracy but that hijacking was "far from certain."
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