'I survived' - Holland, MI - The Holland Sentinel
Zeeland ministry director to be featured on TV show about surviving brush with death
Posted Jan 15, 2010 @ 01:57 PM
Holland, MI —
Phil Snyder has relived countless times in his mind the December day in 2005 in Haiti when he was shot, kidnapped and held for ransom as his abductors threatened to end his life.
On Sunday he’ll relive it again, this time on his television set.
Snyder’s harrowing tale of his brush with death will be featured on the Biography Channel’s “I Survived” television show, which will air at 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17.
“It’s been a long time to produce it,” Amber said. “It’s the first time they have ever depicted an international incident on any of the ‘I Survived’ shows, so it took a long time to get it produced.”
Phil Snyder knows all too well how his story ends. And he lives almost daily with the terrifying details.
He was in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, to secure a medical visa for a 6-year-old boy who needed to come to the United States for eye surgery. After picking up the boy and his father, Snyder was driving down the street near Port Au Prince when a rock struck the windshield of his vehicle. Seconds later, shots rang out.
Snyder was hit in the arm, and the trio was taken away at gun point. After some intense negotiating by the FBI and Snyder’s family members, the trio was released more than day after being captured.
“Phil was convinced they were going to kill him,” Amber said. “They reminded him several times an hour that they were going to take pleasure in his death.”