Last NBC team member freed after Syria kidnap
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The last missing member of an NBC team that was kidnapped in Syria has been freed, NBC News executives said Wednesday.
Ian Rivers was part of the NBC team led by the network's chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel. They were kidnapped in Syria on Thursday but Engel and several other members escaped unharmed on Monday.
NBC said in a statement that Rivers got separated from the rest of the team as the men escaped from captivity during a firefight between their captors and Syrian rebels. The network said he is "said to be in good condition'' and will be evaluated in Turkey once he crosses the border.
"All of us at NBC News can breathe a huge sigh of relief and express our deep appreciation to all who helped secure their freedom,'' NBC News President Steve Capus said.
Rivers, an NBC News technical support staffer, was expected to travel on to the US or the UK, said Gillan McNay, the operations manager for the UK-based security firm Pilgrims Group, which has been working with NBC.
Appearing on NBC's "Today'' show Tuesday, Engel said more than a dozen pro-regime gunmen dragged him and his colleagues from their car and subjected them to mock executions. He said they escaped during a firefight Monday night between their captors and rebels at a checkpoint.