Watch The Dramatic Escape Of A North Korean Soldier Who Defected To The South

It's an extraordinary footage that shows the soldier's desperate dash to freedom.

Cover image via CNN

Earlier this week, United Nations Command released an extraordinary CCTV footage that showed a North Korean soldier's desperate dash to freedom across the border to South Korea

The soldier is seen sprinting across the border while his fellow soldiers fire at him.

Image via NPR

The CCTV footage starts with a jeep speeding through the North Korean countryside. Inside, the soldier making a desperate escape.

The soldier's race toward freedom is briefly thwarted as he crashes the jeep into a ditch. However, as he realises the vehicle can no longer move ahead, he leaps out and starts sprinting south across the border.

He kicks up leaves, ducks as his fellow soldiers start shooting at him. More than 40 bullets were fired at him at close range with handguns and AK-47 assault rifles.

The North Korean soldier, hit five times, runs across the border before he drops and stops moving in a pile of leaves against a low wall on the South Korean side.

Image via BBC

The defector, now motionless, lying against the low wall in a pile of leaves on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DMZ)

Then about 40 minutes later, heat signatures of two South Korean soldiers are seen in an infrared video, crawling on their hands and knees, towards the motionless North Korean soldier, who is about 55 yards south of the border.

They grab him and starts dragging him to safety

Infrared cameras showed South Korean soldiers dragging the North Korean defector to safety.

Image via BBC

After undergoing two surgeries he is saved

The soldier, identified only with his surname "Oh", who was relying on a breathing machine, after his surgeries, has now regained consciousness."

"He is fine. He is not going to die," said Dr. Lee Cook-jong, a surgeon who treated Oh, adding that he is now in "great" condition.

Watch the dramatic footage here:

A North Korean soldier is seen defecting across the border

This dramatic video shows the moment a North Korean soldier defected to the South

Posted by BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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