Man back home after Libya escape

Rod Wood and his wife Joanne, Rod was rescued from Libya by the SAS''w110915d   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Rod Wood and his wife Joanne, Rod was rescued from Libya by the SAS''w110915d Picture: Ceri Oakes
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A WHITBY oil rig worker has been reunited with his family after escaping crisis hit Libya.

Rod Wood, 56, has spoken of his terrifying ordeal, which ended with him being airlifted to safety in a dramatic military rescue mission by the SAS.

Mr Wood is now back with his wife and children after escaping the crisis-hit country which has been plunged into political turmoil after protests began against Colonel Gaddafi last month.

He has worked in Libya for 27 years and was supposed to have returned home last week after a shift on a remote oil rig compound in the desert where he works as a superintendent for KCA Deutag.

He and his 80 colleagues, most of whom were from other countries, were following the news as tensions mounted.

The rig was placed on red alert and then they were ordered a week ago last Monday to evacuate by their head office in Tripoli, Libya’s second largest city.