Monday, February 6, 2012

Toastworthy Teens: Kevin Lunsmann

 Kevin Lunsmann, Jungle Escapist


It’s hard to imagine a more frightening situation than being kidnapped by Al Qaeda mercenaries while on vacation. That’s precisely what happened to Kevin Lunsmann last year in the Philippines, and the 14-year-old from Virginia not only survived, but in fact rescued himself. 

Kevin was taken hostage along with his mom and cousin by a dozen armed men who stormed their resort in the middle of the night and took them to a remote island. Held captive for 5 months – during which time his mother was released by paid ransom and his cousin escaped – Kevin somehow kept his wits and was ready when opportunity presented itself. He tricked his captors by saying he was going to bathe in a nearby stream, then took off, only to wander barefooted through the jungle for 2 days before being found by helpful villagers. 

Impressed? See Kevin’s story here:
http://www.firstpost.com/topic/place/philippines-kidnapped-american-teen-hero-escapes-al-qaida-captors-in-phi-video-3A78bZ65UMI-782-1.html
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