Miracle on the Mountain
A True Tale of Faith and SurvivalBook - 1998
A U.S. Air Force officer tells how he and his son became lost in the mountains of Turkey while skiing and relied on their faith for survival while rescue teams searched for them
Blackwell North Amer
It was a cold but sunny day in January 1995 when Mike Couillard, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force on assignment in Ankara, Turkey, took his son Matthew skiing. The view of the 7,300-foot-high Kfartalkaya Mountain was breathtaking--magnificent peaks against a bright blue sky, wisps of clouds--nothing threatening. They headed for the T-bar that would take them to the summit.
It was about 2:30 when they reached the top, and although it had started to snow, they still had time to ski. Mike made note of his surroundings and decided to use the overhead line of the lift as a guide. They kept the line in sight as they glided downward, but moment by moment, the snow's intensity increased. Ice pellets stung their faces. Visibility decreased. Hidden rocks sent them plunging into the snow. Dense stands of pine trees loomed in front of them, forcing them to go right, then left, and off the trail. Desperately, they looked for the lift line-- or anything familiar. They saw nothing but white. They were lost...
A U.S. Air Force officer tells how he and his ten-year-old son became lost in the mountains of Turkey while on a ski trip and relied on their faith in God for survival while rescue teams conducted a massive search.