MIRACULOUS STORY: Brave 7 year-old girl survives plane crash where family dies, treks barefoot in pitch dark through rough terrain for help, Saves life! [Video]
It’s an incredible miracle this little 7 year-old girl named Sailor survived. She must have a tremendous will to live – crawling out of an upside down plane where her parents, sister and cousin had all perished. She tried to wake her parents, but they were gone. Fighting grief, she hiked three-quarters of a mile in the pitch dark and freezing cold, to just happen upon one of three houses close by that was occupied. If she had gone the other way, chances are she would have succumbed to the elements. God was watching over her. Miracles come from tragedies such as these and some of the most tremendous people evolve from such heart wrenching events. This girl will be one of them.
Nine-year-old Piper (top left) and 7-year-old Sailor (bottom left) with parents Kimberly and Marty Gutzler. All but Sailor, 7, died in a plane crash that also claimed family member Sierra Wilder (not pictured).
(CNN)Larry Wilkins opened his door to see a young girl, her lips quivering, her nose bloodied, her arms and legs scratched up.
Her name was Sailor Gutzler and somehow, she was still alive.
“She told me that her mom and dad were dead,” Wilkins said. “And that she had been in a plane crash.”
The girl’s sister and cousin also died when their Piper PA-34 aircraft went down Friday evening in western Kentucky. Even with the plane upside down, the 7-year-old made it out and trekked three-quarters of a mile in the dark through what Wilkins described as “very, very rough territory,” mired with fallen trees, creeks, ditches and blackberry briars.
Sailor was barefoot except for one sock and was dressed for Florida — shorts, no coat — not for slogging through the January cold of Kentucky. Wilkins got her on his couch and called 911, alerting authorities that a plane had gone down and there was at least one survivor.
Kentucky State Police troopers arrived in about 10 minutes. Sgt. Dean Patterson said the girl was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
“She’s a terribly brave little girl, I’ll tell you that,” Wilkins said. “I can’t imagine a 7-year-old doing that.”
Kentucky State Police identified the dead early Saturday as Marty Gutzler, 48; Kimberly Gutzler, 46; and 9-year-old Piper Gutzler — a husband, wife and their daughter. Also killed was 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, the survivor’s cousin. All were from Nashville, Illinois, a community of just over 3,000 people.
Larry Wilkins was thankfully home to open the door for this little one and bring her in from the cold to clean her up and help with her physical wounds. The wounds to her heart and soul will take a lifetime to heal. But a good man helped a small child get through the worst night of her life and stayed with her when she needed him most. Not all angels are in heaven and not all heroes are movie stars. A brave little 7 year-old will go on living for her family. Two brave souls came together to get through this awful disaster. Sailor comes from good family stock and I’m sure her family is very proud of her.
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