Impossible Odds – SEAL Rescue of Jessica Buchanan

In 2011, humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchanan and Danish co-worker Poul Thisted traveled to Somalia to help the children of a war-torn region.  On October 25th, both were abducted by armed Somali fighters.  They were taken by vehicles deep into the desert, where they were told to get down on their knees.  Jessica spoke of the fear of being executed at that very moment and the relief it would bring from not being raped.  Instead, their captors told them to lie down and sleep.  This was the beginning of a very long nightmare.

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The next morning her captors were demanding $45 million for their release.  During the final negotiations, Buchanan was told to do an interview in which she expressed her failing health due to a urinary tract infection.  This statement by Buchanan, initiated an immediate response, as a SEAL team rescue was sent to rescue her on a “night of the new moon”.

On the night of her rescue, she woke to see the face of one of her captors looking absolutely terrified.  Within seconds, gunfire erupted around her and she covered herself fearing this was going to be end.  The night became quiet and Jessica felt many hands upon her.   She then heard a voice she did not believe was real.  The mystery man standing over her was American, a member of a SEAL rescue team, and stated “Jessica, we’re with the American military.  We’re here to take you home, and you’re safe.” At first, she felt confused but later started to feel a deep sense of relief and pride.

“I have never in my life been so proud and so very happy to be an American,” she said.

Buchanan shares all the details of her capture and rescue in her book “Impossible Odds”.

Check out more about this amazing rescue by Americas best.

About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.

7 comments
PaulGDaley
PaulGDaley

This story brought me to tears of pride.........

LaurenMichelle1
LaurenMichelle1

"At one point I think they thought they heard something. I don't know these men who have already risked their lives for me and then ask me to lie down on the ground because they're concerned that there might be someone out there. And then they make a circle around me. And then they lie down on top of me. To protect me. And we lay like that until the helicopters come in." (from her interview on 60 minutes.)_ ...anyone who does not recognize these men as being heroes - day in and day out - is insane. 


pfknob
pfknob

We can never say this enough...."THANK YOU!!!".  You guys are the best. So grateful to be an American.  So grateful for the military, and their families for their service and sacrifices on our behalf.  My family can sleep peacefully at night because of men like you.

Corey_V14
Corey_V14

"there was a scratching and one of the guys was terrified"...That's because he knew he was in trouble