SANTA MARTA, Colombia (AP) - Exhausted but smiling, a British teenager recounted from his hospital bed how he survived 10 days of forced marches on little but water before evading his Colombian guerrilla captors by sliding down a precipice.
But 19-year-old Matthew Scott's joy at finding freedom was quickly replaced by sorrow at the thought of a fellow Briton, four Israelis, a German and a Spaniard still being held somewhere amid the snowcapped mountains of northern Colombia.
Colombia's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC - has denied involvement in the mass kidnapping. The smaller National Liberation Army, known as the ELN, has not commented.
Both groups are blamed for most of the 3,000 kidnappings that take place in Colombia every year.