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The two Spanish citizens who spent 29 days in captivity in Colombia said Sunday they were doing "very well" and had decided to get married.
"I really want to see my co-workers and, especially, my family, to be able to do what (I did before) and try to get over this (traumatic experience) little by little," Maria Concepcion Marlaska Sedano said in a press conference in Bogota.
Marlaska and Angel Sanchez Fernandez, who were abducted on May 17 in the northern Colombian province of La Guajira, were rescued early Saturday by a National Police anti-kidnapping unit.
"We parked to go for a swim (at a place called) Ojo de Agua, when a young guy appeared, dark skinned and wearing a cap, and told us, 'Hey, can you take us to town?" Sanchez said.
The man "got really close to the car and immediately took out a gun, a revolver, and pointed it at me," Sanchez said.
Marlaska and Sanchez were released on Saturday from the Colombian National Police Central Hospital and taken to the Spanish Embassy in Bogota.
The couple is scheduled to fly back to Spain on Sunday afternoon.
The rescue operation was carried out by Gaula, the National Police's anti-kidnapping squad, with Spanish officials involved in the preparations.
The 49-year-old Sanchez and the 43-year-old Marlaska are both from the northern Spanish city of Aviles.
The rescue occurred in a rural area outside the city of Maicao, near the border with Venezuela, and some of the kidnappers - apparently common criminals - were arrested, officials said.
Sanchez and Marlaska were abducted in La Guajira while traveling by car to the ecotourism destination of Cabo de la Vela, in Colombia's far north.
The couple's "dream was to travel to Colombia," a "fabulous" country, but they had "the misfortune, the bad luck," to be kidnapped by a group of armed men outside Cabo de la Vela, Sanchez said.
The kidnapping saga took another twist Sunday, adding to the happy ending when Sanchez asked Marlaska to marry him at the end of their press conference at the Spanish ambassador's residence.
"I am going to do something that I thought I would never do, especially under these circumstances, which is to ask you to marry me. I hope you don't say no," Sanchez told a surprised Marlaska, who joked that "this seems like a contest."
"Do you want to be my wife? Do you want to marry me?" Sanchez asked.
"Yes," Marlaska replied. EFE