Football fan cop rescued rival team member in Chapecoense crash

first_img0Shares0000Colombian police officer Marlon Lengua found the last survivor of a 2016 plane crash that claimed the lives of 71 people, among them 19 players from the Chapecoense Football Club © AFP / Joaquin SARMIENTOMEDELLIN, Colombia, Nov 28 – For Colombian policeman Marlon Lengua, Brazilian football club Chapecoense was once just a hated rival in the 2016 regional championships.But one night last year, the police lieutenant found himself up a mountain pulling Chapeco soccer player Helio Neto out of the wreckage of a crashed plane, saving his life. It had been just a month since 24-year-old Lengua’s beloved Junior de Barranquilla team had been knocked out of the Copa Sudamericana by Chapecoense, an upstart from southern Brazil.“Maybe I cursed him and said all sorts of things,” Lengua told AFP.Just before 10:30 pm on November 28, Lengua was finishing his shift in La Ceja when he got the call that a plane had gone down in nearby Cerro El Gordo.It was the plane flying the Chapecoense Football Club to Medellin to take on Atletico Nacional in the Copa finals — the biggest and most unexpected game in the Brazilian team’s history.When the plane ran out of fuel and went down in inhospitable mountains near its destination, 71 of the 77 aboard died, including 19 players.Lengua was one of those who rushed to the scene.“I gave body and soul to try and help them,” he said.– ‘One more!’ –Lengua’s heroics became famous, earning him the title of the “Green Angel,” alongside a 15-year-old volunteer dubbed the “Boy Angel,” thanks to a documentary called “The Last Survivor,” which was made by another Colombian policeman.It seemed that no one could live through the hell of a plane plunging out of the sky into a hillside, but a handful did and Lengua found the last one — the Chapecoense defender Neto.Lengua first heard faint groans, then saw something “inflating.” It was Neto’s chest, covered in branches, still breathing.The player was “totally destroyed” and his body was almost impossible to access.“I found one more alive, come quickly!” Lengua remembers calling into his radio. He asked for a machete so that they could cut away the undergrowth.In the rain, the hillside became a muddy nightmare, and the policeman and his companions fought for hours before finally managing to extricate the Brazilian.The 31-year-old athlete slipped into a coma lasting 11 days. But the next time Lengua went to visit him in hospital, Neto was already looking much better.“You saved me, thank you very much,” the player said, prompting the policeman to break into tears.A year later, “it’s good with Helio, we keep in touch, but with his mother it’s even better,” Lengua said.In fact, Neto’s mother Valeria Zampier sends him blessings by WhatsApp every start and finish to the day.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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REVEALED: CROOKED BISHOP CONDUCTED SHAM MARRIAGES IN DONEGAL

first_imgGuilty: Pat BuckleyA CROOKED bishop convicted of carrying out illegal marriages conducted three of the sham ceremonies here in Donegal, we can reveal.Pat Buckley, who is 61, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church more than a decade ago and now operates an independent church. He was given a suspended jail term after he admitted his involvement in sham marriages when he appeared in court in Belfast.Buckley, of Princes Gardens, Larne, was given a three and a half year jail sentence, suspended for three years after admitting 14 charges of conspiracy to defraud.He performed marriage ceremonies between illegal immigrants from Asia and Portugese women. He charged €400 plus expenses and conducted three of the marriages here in County Donegal.Sentencing him, the judge told him: “What you did was wrong. You committed a series of serious crimes which you did for a financial reward.”“Nothing can disguise the fact that you, as someone who professed to be a man of God and who should have been setting an example to others of how to behave, let yourself down, let your ministry down and betrayed the trust of all those to whom you should have been providing leadership and guidance.“The loss of your reputation is bound to have hit you hard.”An organised crime detective said the sentencing marked the culmination of an investigation that “spanned three continents and has lasted over four years”.“This investigation uncovered the systematic abuse of the EU immigration system in which criminals, some from a professional background, provided false documentation for work permits,” said PSNI detective Andrea McMullan.Speaking after his sentencing, Buckley said he felt a “strong sense of compassion for those who must live outside the EU in profound poverty and appalling circumstances”.“I am glad that the judge and the prosecution accept that I have provided solace to the outcasts and that my door is always open to the downtrodden.“I am sorry for allowing my compassion to bring me to the point of breaking the law – the laws that our society agree upon.“I did not intend to offend my fellow citizens, but I accept that I have, and again for that I want to say that I am sorry.”REVEALED: CROOKED BISHOP CONDUCTED SHAM MARRIAGES IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 22nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BishopconvictedcrookPat Buckleylast_img read more

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