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