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"I should be dead," said Gribble. "Honestly, I thought I was going to die. I thought nobody's gonna find me and this is gonna be it." "I should be dead," said Gribble. "Honestly, I thought I was going to die. I thought nobody's gonna find me and this is gonna be it."
Jeff Gribble says he was on his way home from hunting Monday night when his ATV flipped into a ditch, trapping him underneath. Jeff Gribble says he was on his way home from hunting Monday night when his ATV flipped into a ditch, trapping him underneath.
With only one arm free, he couldn't get to his cell phone. But he says he could reach a small light his wife gave him just the day before. With only one arm free, he couldn't get to his cell phone. But he says he could reach a small light his wife gave him just the day before.
Gribble says the man dug his cell phone out of his pocket to call 911 and then ran to a nearby house so he could get an better location to guide in first responders. Gribble says the man dug his cell phone out of his pocket to call 911 and then ran to a nearby house so he could get an better location to guide in first responders.

DUNKLINCOUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Jeff Gribble was pinned under a 3-wheeler, badlyinjured, and all but certain he would die until a mystery man appeared--a goodSamaritan, or maybe a guardian angel. This local hunter feels he saved hislife.

Gribble says he was on his wayhome from hunting Monday night when his ATV flipped into a ditch, trapping himunderneath. It was after 8 p.m., pitch black outside and Gribble waswearing camouflage.

"I should be dead,"said Gribble. "Honestly, I thought I was going to die. Ithought nobody's gonna find me and this is gonna be it."

He says the dark gravel roadwith no reflectors got the best of him.

"It came to adead T, and I didn't see it," said Gribble. "I went off ina 6 foot ditch and flipped over and the ATV went straight on top of me."

Gribble was trapped, andthe ATV was upside down. His face was pinned at the edge of backrack.

"I could hear cars passing by," saidGribble. "I had the camo on and the gilly suit on so I was invisible andno one could see me."

He says he yelled for help but it was no use. Withonly one arm free, he could not get to his cell phone. However, he sayshe could reach a small light his wife gave him just the daybefore. Thankfully, one person saw it.

"The way I see it this man out of nowherecame to save me," said Gribble.

Gribble says the man dug his cell phone out of hispocket to call 911 and then ran to a nearby house so he could get an betterlocation to guide in first responders. After that, the man disappeared. 

"He never came back for me to say thankyou," said Gribble.

Gribble feels he had to have a guardian angelbecause so many odds were against him. He could have ended up in theleft side of the ditch with inches of standing water, but instead heended up in the dry side.

"There were only spiders overthere," remembered Gribble. "It even took the police thirtyminutes to find me after I got there. They finally spotted me. It was so dark.I was helpless."

Eventually he was spotted and unpinned. He hasnumerous injuries.

Doctors say if the ATV had landed just inches inanother direction, Gribble would not be alive. Yet he is standing. He sayshe's thanked the Lord many times and would now like to personally thank themystery man he feels God sent to save him.

"I really appreciate him," said Gribble."He saved my life."

Gribble is hoping someone can help him figure out whomthe good Samaritan is. As for Gribble, he is an industrial roofer. He says heis used to a risky job, and he is anxious to get back to working on high rooftopsas soon as possible.

He says this experience has taught him to alwaystell someone where he is, wear a helmet, and maybe wear some more bright orangenext time he is out hunting at night.

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