Connecticut FARC Hostage Rescued

Posted by Mike Merritt in Independence Week on

I forgot to write about this yesterday, but it made me very happy to know that Marc Gonsalvez of Bristol would be able to celebrate Indpendence Day with his family again after being rescued from FARC rebels in Colombia.

Via the Hartford Courant:

George Gonsalves was mowing his lawn Wednesday afternoon when he got the news that that his son had been freed after five years as a hostage of leftist rebels in Colombia.

“I didn’t know how to stop my lawnmower,” Gonsalves said. “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it.”

Marc Gonsalves and two other Northrop Grumman Corp. contractors were taken hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in February 2003, when their plane went down in rebel-held jungle.

Gonsalves, Tom Howes and Keith Stansell, had been the longest-held American hostages in the world.

Along with the Northrop contractors, those rescued include former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, and 11 other hostages.

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