Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 4th 2015 Contents Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after it was towed into the port of Brindisi,
southern Italy, yesterday. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and
other investigators yesterday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies.
At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on December 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage
between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire
began. AP PHOTO
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A seven-year-old girl who survived
a plane crash in the US state of Ken-
tucky and walked barefoot to find help
has been praised for her courage.
Larry Wilkins, 71, said that he
answered the door to the "brave girl"
on Friday and that she told him her
parents were dead.
The plane was later found with four
bodies inside in Lyon County.
Police have not named the girl but
have confirmed that her parents were
killed in the crash.
Kentucky State Police said those
killed were Marty Gutzler, 49, and Kim-
berly Gutzler, 45, their nine-year-old
daughter, Piper, and Piper s 14-year-
old cousin, Sierra Walder.
Wilkins said that she had walked
almost a mile (1.6km) through a dark,
dense wood to reach his house on Friday
"I don t walk in that wood during
the day time," he said. "It s a mess."
He added that she had been crying
and bleeding when she arrived and had
obviously "been through hell."
"She had a bloody nose, her legs
were scratched terribly bad," he said.
Wilkins thought that she had fol-
lowed the light from his house to get
The girl is reported to have been
released from hospital yesterday after
receiving treatment for minor injuries.
Kentucky State Police Lt Brent White
said: "I ve got an eight-year-old child
myself. And when I saw this---what
appeared to be a seven-year-old child
that walked through this dense forest
through some really tough terrain. Poor
weather conditions, and survive this,
it s just really a miracle."
The plane was found on Friday, about
30 miles (50km) east of Paducah city.
The Federal Aviation Administration
said air traffic controllers lost contact
with the Piper PA-34 aircraft after the
pilot reported engine problems.(BBC)
Girl, 7, survives plane
crash that kills her family
As thousands of mourners pre-
pare to attend the wake and
funeral of a second New York City
police officer killed in an ambush
shooting, police Commissioner
William Bratton is urging the
rank-and-file to refrain from
making political statements.
"A hero s funeral is about griev-
ing, not grievance," Bratton says
mands at roll calls yesterday, the
day Officer Wenjian Liu will be
remembered during a wake.
"I issue no mandates, and I
make no threats of discipline, but
I remind you that when you don
the uniform of this department,
you are bound by the tradition,
honour and decency that go with
it."Bratton s comments referred to
hundreds of officers who turned
their backs to giant TV monitors
displaying the remarks of Mayor
Bill de Blasio a week ago at the
funeral for the other slain officer,
Rafael Ramos. That gesture mim-
icked one made by police union
officials outside a hospital two
weeks ago when the officers were
Union officials, who are nego-
tiating a contract with the city,
have said the gestures were made
out of frustration with the mayor.
They say de Blasio helped foster
an anti-police atmosphere by sup-
porting demonstrations following
the chokehold death of an
unarmed black man on Staten
Island by a white officer.
Liu and Ramos were ambushed
sitting in their patrol car on a
Brooklyn street by Ismaaiyl Brins-
ley. Brinsley had made references
online to the killings of unarmed
black men at the hands of white
police officers, vowing to put
"wings on pigs."
Investigators say Brinsley was
an emotionally disturbed loner
who started off his rampage by
shooting and wounding an ex-girl-
friend in Baltimore. He later killed
The police killings ramped up
emotions in the already-tense
national debate over police con-
Since Ramos and Liu were killed,
police in New York have investi-
gated at least 70 threats made
against officers, and more than a
dozen people have been arrested.
Commissioner urges respect
at slain NYC officer's wake
Officers of the 85th Precinct arrive at the wake of New York Police Department officer Wenjian Liu at the
Aievoli Funeral Home, yesterday, in Brooklyn, New York. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed
December 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed
himself. AP PHOTO
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