As the hostage, there are some things to consider…
If you hear or see what appears to be an attempt to rescue you, do what you can to get on the floor, lie face down, protect your eyes and head, keep your hands visible, and get near an interior wall. Remain face down, completely still, and don’t get up.
There will likely be loud noises, aggressive movements, confusion, and shooting. The less you do, the lesser your chances are of being injured or killed by the rescue forces. Be aware, there is a chance your captor may try to kill you before rescuers can get to you. If you sense this is the case, fight with everything you have.
The adrenaline for the rescuer will be high. It may be difficult for them to distinguish you from the hijackers or captors initially. Your rescuers are likely to handle you roughly until they can confirm your identity. Just lie still and quiet until told to get up. Keep a non-threatening posture and keep your hands visible.
Never “help” the rescuer. Keep still and cooperate with them. Do everything they say to do.
For more than 23 years, Steve was an intelligence community professional who traveled and lived throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. He now uses his experiences and formal training to help people overcome their reluctance to travel by giving them the solid, reliable information they can use to plan effectively, reduce risk, react to danger, and return home safe.