UK, Australian Tourists Freed in Ecuador

By Alex Johnston, Epoch Times
October 1, 2012 Updated: October 2, 2012

A British tourists and an Australian tourist, who were kidnapped on Friday in northern Ecuador near the border with Colombia, were released.

The women were identified as 29-year-old Kathryn Cox of the U.K. and the other as 32-year-old Australian, Fiona Louise Wilde.

More than 100 soldiers from the Ecuadorian army were deployed to find the women, who were kidnapped while traveling by canoe with other tourists.

“We were very scared but we could often hear the helicopters above us and that was very comforting while we were in the jungle,” Wilde told Sky News. “When the helicopters got right above us the kidnappers made us hide in the bushes and the kidnappers got scared.”

She said that both of them feared for their lives during the ordeal.

“They were, we think, close to maybe killing us. And then for some reason they changed their mind and told us to run and we ran out, towards the helicopters yelling, trying to get their attention,” she added.

Interior Minister Jose Serrano said the two women arrived back in the capital of Quito for medical checkups.

“We have arrived here in Quito with the English and Australian girls rescued (Saturday). They are in good spirits and will get medical attention,” he said, according to the Herald Sun.

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