BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – An 18-year-old mother and her infant who disappeared in a plane crash have been found alive & well in northwestern Colombia five days after their plane crashed in the dense jungle.
Maria Nelly Murillo and her five-months-old son Yudier were found & rescued near the site where the Cessna 303 plane crashed in the north-west of the country on Saturday.
A Colombian Air Force chief Colonel Hector Carrascal described their survival as “a miracle”. He also said that “His mother’s spirit must have given him strength to survive.”
Ms Murillo had some injuries and burns while her baby appeared unharmed & to be in good health.
“Murillo and her baby were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital with minor injuries,” said Carrascal.
Her brother said, “She was able to survive by drinking coconut water from the coconuts the plane had been carrying. She used big leaves to collect and drink rain water”.
The twin engine plane had been flying from Quibdo, the capital of Choco, to the town of Nuqui on the Pacific coast when it crashed in the Alto Baudo region. A 14 man team battered the dense forest for some days before finding the mother and her baby.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of plane crash.
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