NBC News said Wednesday that the final member of the news crew that was held captive in Syria for five days is safely out of the country and will be evaluated in Turkey. Ian Rivers, part of NBC News' technical support staff, was separated from chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel's production crew during the firefight that resulted in their freedom, according to NBC. NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement:
Now that Ian Rivers has been reunited with Richard Engel’s entire production team, all of us at NBC News can breathe a huge sigh of relief and express our deep appreciation to all who helped secure their freedom. At the same time, our thoughts and concerns are with those who remain missing inside Syria and we hope for their swift and safe release.