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Colorado man escapes Algerian hostage situation

7NEWS (KMGH) - A Colorado man survived the attack and was flown out of Algeria after hiding from terrorists for three days in the gas plant where he worked.

Steven Wysocki worked as a production supervisor at the remote Algeria gas plant attacked by terrorists earlier this week.

Wysocki and his wife, Kristi, own Somewhere Farms in Elbert, Colo.

Steven texted his wife "It's a terror attack.  I'm OK now. Will try to call you later."

Steven hid with other employees from terrorists who took over the plant.  They were rescued by Algerian forces on Friday.

He was flown out of Algeria on a U.S. military plane Friday to a base in Germany.

7NEWS talked with the ex-sister-in-law of Wysocki Saturday night. Janet Foy has known Steve and Kristi for 20 years and said this has been tough on Kristi.

She said, "It's been difficult for her [Kristi] and what she asked me just to say was that the dressage community has been very supportive for her and has been praying very, very hard for Steve's safety and all of us are just so happy and so relieved that he is safe and is on his way home back to her."

Foy said Wysocki has worked with BP most of his career and had just returned to Algeria after a month off.

"Steve is a wonderful just what we call a horse husband, he's always very supportive," Foy said talking about the Wysocki's ranch in Elbert.

Steven's wife, Kristi, said the U.S. State Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation "have been phenomenal, remarkable people."

"An amazing woman at the U.S. embassy in Algiers didn't sleep for four days until she was able to account for all the Americans," Kristi said from her home in Elbert, in an interview with Dressage News.

One American, Fred Buttaccio of Texas, has been confirmed dead by the U.S. State Department, according to ABC News.

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