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This 11-year-old girl is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Her mom says her dad is the reason she survived

The mother of the Michigan girl said her husband grabbed her to save her life

People walk along Lake Michigan.
Two people enjoy sunny weather on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, as they stroll along Lake Michigan at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich. An 11-year-old girl is the sole survivor of a weekend plane crash on Lake Michigan that killed her father and three other people, according to USA Today.
Don Campbell, The Herald-Palladium via Associated Press

An 11-year-old girl is the sole survivor of a weekend plane crash on Lake Michigan that killed her father and three other people, according to USA Today.

And the girl’s mother has said it was the girl’s father who saved her life.

Christina Perdue told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that her daughter, Laney, said her “last memory” from the plane crash was “that dad just grabbed her and held her really, really tight.”

Laney reportedly suffered injuries on one side of her body from the crash. Perdue said this likely because her late husband, Mike Perdue, protected his daughter.

“I believe that it would make sense to me that her injuries were on the one side, and the other side was with her dad, that he was holding her,” she said, according to USA Today.

Laney is still in the hospital with five broken bones. She “has a long road ahead” for recovery, her mother said.

Over the weekend, the small-plane crash that killed a pilot, a couple (Kate Leese and Adam Kendall) and Mike Perdue, according to The Petoskey News-Review.

The flight — which was on a twin-engine Britten-Norman plane — crashed en route from Charlevoix in Michigan to Beaver Island.

Per The Petoskey News-Review, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter responded to the crash, noticing debris on the island. The Coast Guard airlifted two people — an adult male and a girl — to the mainland after the crash.

The U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes said in a tweet that it performed chest compressions “on the 11-year-old in route to the hospital.”

“We are heartbroken with the loss of my husband, a father, brother, son and friend,” Christina Perdue said in a statement, per CBS News. “He gave the best bear hugs, and I believe he grabbed our daughter and protected her. It’s her last memory before the crash.”