An eight-year-old had apparently got lost on the German-Czech border. The girl stayed alone in the cold for two nights. A forester found them – and later praised their perseverance.
After the successful search for eight-year-old Julia in the border area between Germany and the Czech Republic, there is great relief. The girl had spent two nights in low temperatures in the vast forest area before she was discovered by a forester in Czech territory early on Tuesday afternoon.
The forester Martin Semecky described in the Czech newspaper “Deník” how he found Julia. In consultation with the operations management team, he and four colleagues combed part of the forest that had not yet been searched. “When we saw them, we couldn’t believe our own eyes,” said Semecky. “It’s a miracle she survived.”
The spokesman for the Upper Palatinate Police Headquarters, Florian Beck: The eight-year-old is now receiving medical care. (Source: Daniel Vogel / dpa)
“Suddenly little Julia was standing in front of us, she was sitting about ten meters away in the tall grass,” reported the forester. When he said her name, she nodded her head. “It was an incredible feeling, these emotions cannot be described in words,” said Semecky. The site was therefore about a kilometer away from a source called Česká studánka.
“Must have been very skillful”
What Julia has been through in the meantime will probably only be found out later. “We didn’t want to burden them with questions,” said the forester. Semecky also praised the child’s perseverance: “In order to do that, she must have been very skilled,” said the forester to the German press agency on Wednesday. He suspects that she spent the night on a high seat.
The girl was outwardly unharmed and responsive, but was hypothermic and is now being treated as an inpatient in a hospital, reported the Upper Palatinate Police Headquarters in Regensburg on Tuesday evening.
When the forester discovered the child, it was completely exhausted in a bush and did not attract attention, the police said. “According to initial assumptions, it is assumed that the eight-year-old was constantly on the move and covered several kilometers on foot in the forest.”
Around 1,400 rescue workers in action
The girl from Berlin disappeared late on Sunday afternoon while hiking with her family in the Bavarian-Czech border area. The parents had lost sight of the girl, her six-year-old brother and a nine-year-old cousin below the mountain Čerchov and called the rescue workers. At first they only found the brother and the cousin. The three children had played in the vast area and were lost in the process.
Around 1,400 rescue workers from Bavaria and the Czech Republic took part in the almost two-day search for Julia in the area between the cities of Waldmünchen, Furth im Wald and Domažlice. The Bavarian Red Cross in Cham even spoke on Facebook of the largest cross-border search campaign that has ever taken place in the region. The German ambassador in Prague, Andreas Künne, thanked the Czech police via Twitter for the excellent cooperation.