Nova Scotia

Oil worker who fled Libya back home

Glenn Sutherland, the oil worker chased off his rig in Libya by armed rebels, is back in Nova Scotia.
Glenn Sutherland is welcomed home Monday night. (CBC)

Glenn Sutherland, the oil worker chased off his rig in Libya by armed rebels, is back in Nova Scotia.

Sutherland arrived at the Halifax airport Monday night. Teary-eyed relatives clapped as he walked straight into the arms of wife Cassandra.

"I just wanted to say how happy I am to be home and thank you to everybody for all your support," Sutherland, 30, told reporters.

Sutherland's harrowing journey began Feb. 21, when the oil rig he worked on was attacked. He and two Canadians fled into the desert to a camp.

A few days later, his employer, Suncor Energy Inc., flew him to Malta. Sutherland spent a few days at a hotel before heading home.

For dad Gary and mom Iris, it felt like the longest week of their lives.

"I couldn't help but think when he was coming down the stairs, it was almost like the day he was born. We just felt so relieved and just so thankful that our son is home safe," said Gary Sutherland.

Fighting continues in Libya, as rebels battle supporters of leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Glenn Sutherland can't stop thinking about what's happening there.

"We still have a lot of close friends and co-workers still back in Libya or are from Libya. They can't leave, so our thoughts are with them," he said.

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