One of the two aid workers rescued by Navy SEALs in Somalia early Wednesday was a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, according to reports.
Jessica Buchanan, 32, and 60-year-old Poul Thisted, a Dane, were rescued during a late-night raid by the Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden. The Department of Defense said Buchanan and Thisted were working as part of a Danish de-mining group when they were abducted by pirates Oct. 25.
Nine kidnappers were killed during the raid, the New York Daily News reported. Buchanan and Thisted were on their way to be reunited with their families.
“The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
Buchanan was a 2006 graduate from the small religious Chester County school. Obama contacted her father and informed him that his daughter was safe. The Rev. Don Meyer, of Valley Forge Christian College, said Buchanan "fell in love with Africa" after doing a teaching stint in Niarobi, 6ABC reported.