LUIS Diaz’s dad was compelled to wander for practically a 7 days day and evening as his captors tried to stay out of achieve of police looking them.
Luis Manuel Díaz Jimenez, 58, feared he wouldn’t make it out alive as he endured a terrifying 12-day ordeal right after currently being kidnapped by ELN guerrillas in Colombia.
But on Thursday the Liverpool star’s father was reunited with his jubilant mates and spouse and children right after eventually staying introduced by the rebel team who captured him on October 28.
Roman Catholic bishop Monsignor Francisco Ceballos, the very first individual who noticed Luis Manuel Diaz alive after likely to his rescue, has now disclosed the harrowing trauma he went by way of.
Ceballos, the Bishop of Riohacha in Colombia’s northern Caribbean area, advised a Colombian Television station: “It’s a very emotional instant when you see a person who has been deprived of his liberty in entrance of you.
“I achieved him virtually on the route he was coming alongside.
“I was the first human being who saw him. I hugged him and he started to cry.
“He was really psychological and really weary since of the prolonged walks he had to do.
He told me he experienced to walk continually for two days in addition an additional 4 days when he was kidnapped.
“Of the 13 times he was kidnapped he was strolling for 6 days working day and night time.”
The footballer’s father had injured his knee just after coming off a motorbike his ELN hostage-takers applied to abduct him on October 28.
He was instantly taken to healthcare facility to be checked more than after staying swooped to safety by helicopter.
Asked if Luis Manuel Diaz was informed of the rigorous police and armed forces operation to snare his captors and rescue him while he was still a hostage, Monsignor Ceballos reported: “What he informed me was that he sensed the helicopters incredibly in the vicinity of, that they had been really close by.
“He of course felt afraid mainly because when the military is carrying out people research procedure and the guerrilla insurgents are striving to cover, the second comes when the human being who’s been kidnapped is at possibility.
“He was anxious there was going to be a confrontation.”
Luis Manuel Diaz broke his silence subsequent his release, thanking individuals for their aid.
In an psychological speech, he stated: “Very first of all, thank God for this next prospect, for bringing me again residence.
“I thank Colombia for this wonderful aid. Thank you all, I like you extremely considerably.
“Really before long I will have the chance to greet them and give them a hug. Thank you very a lot, my folks.”
Adhering to the information of his dad’s launch, winger Diaz played for Liverpool in their Europa League clash against Toulouse.
Luis Manuel Diaz was taken hostage at gunpoint together with his wife on Oct 28 in Barrancas.
The Liverpool star’s mum was still left in the car or truck and saved by law enforcement but left-wing ELN fighters dragged the father away next a pursuit.
Colombian authorities have presented a reward of $200,000,000 Pesos (£40,600) for Diaz’s return.