KHAFJI, SAUDI ARABIA, AUG. 17 -- Nine foreigners, including three Americans, wrapped themselves in Bedouin cloaks this morning, climbed into two Land Rovers and raced past Iraqi tanks across the Kuwaiti desert to Saudi Arabia.

"I went to Kuwait for adventure, but I never expected this," said Jenny King, 28, from Luton in southern England. King's companion, Mary Rindzius from California, dyed her light-colored hair black to deceive the Iraqi invasion troops.

They traveled as part of 13-car convoy led by a Bedouin guide and drove past Iraqi tanks, sometimes at a speed of 75 miles per hour.

Other Americans in the group were identified as Stephanie McGehee, a photographer and reporter for the Associated Press in Kuwait, and Steve Diemler, 35, an engineer from Jefferson City, Mo.

Canadian Cathy MacGregor, assistant sales manager at a Kuwait hotel, said the convoy was stopped once by an Iraqi patrol but allowed to continue.

"We drove fast, very fast, because if you go slow you get stuck," MacGregor said of the road conditions. "Several cars did bog down, but we were able to dig them out."

The group said they had been debating for days whether to risk an escape attempt. But many said they decided to go after hearing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein attack President Bush in his televised statement Thursday.

"After we heard Saddam Hussein's speech last night we said, 'That's it. We have to get out'," MacGregor said.

The youngest escapee was a 6-year-old Indian girl, Davinia Mehta, whose mother, Freesia, also in the group, is eight months pregnant.

"I knew after his {Saddam's} speech that if we did not get out we might never get out because there is going to be fighting," said Davinia's father, Cyrus, a businessman.

Thousands have escaped from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia in the two weeks since the invasion, and Iraqi controls have been haphazard.

But Saudi Arabian police have started advising drivers and guides, some charging as much as $100 per passenger, to stop taking people across the border.

According to Egyptian escapees, a Kuwaiti woman was shot and killed Thursday, and her husband and children were captured.

"Things are getting very bad in Kuwait now. There are rumors the water supply will be cut off," MacGregor said.

MacGregor said that a desalination plant, a power plant and an oil refinery in Kuwait were still operating and that Kuwaitis seemed determined to save the infrastructure.