Hostages Rejoice on Rescue Video

Footage shows them hugging and crying on board helicopter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 4, 2008 8:38 PM CDT
In this frame grab from a video released by Colombia's Army taken on July 2, 2008 , an unidentified hostage reacts as he stands with his hands tied together.   (AP Photo/Colombian Army)
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(Newser) – Video recorded during the rescue of 15 rebel hostages shows them filing grim-faced toward the helicopter that would fly them to safety, then hugging one another and crying with joy after they are aloft and realize they are free, the AP reports. Watch the video on the MSNBC link below.

In the videotape presented Friday at Colombia's military headquarters, Ingrid Betancourt, the former presidential candidate kidnapped in 2002, joyfully amazed and crying, hugs William Perez, an army corporal and fellow hostage whom she later credited for nursing her through her jungle illnesses.