Rescuers use kayaks to reach pilot after crash in icy creek

EDGEWATER, Md.– Rescuers used kayaks to reach the pilot of a tiny aircraft that crashed into an icy creek near a Maryland airport terminal as well as began to sink, state police stated. Witnesses told authorities that minutes after the Piper Cherokee removed from Lee Airport in Edgewater on Monday, they heard it sputter as well as collapse into Beards Creek, Maryland State Police claimed in a news release. An Anne Arundel Region policeman that listened to the telephone call as well as two individuals nearby delved into action, utilizing kayaks on the icy creek, authorities said. John Gelinne Sr., a retired marine police officer, stated he thought the plane would certainly hit his home before it crashed in the creek, news outlets reported. “We saw the bottom of the aircraft, really close, and then it avoided and after that entered the water right there,” he said.Gelinne and also his son, John Gelinne Jr., a Marine, got kayaks as well as utilized shovels to skim across the ice to the pilot, whom authorities determined as Steve Couchman.Couchman, 71, of Prince Frederick, was standing on the wing as the aircraft sank and also stayed afloat by hanging on to a kayak, cops claimed. “He was extremely calm,” Gelinne stated. “I assume hypothermia could have been beginning to come in.”Department of Natural Resources Authorities got here on a watercraft, cut through the ice and also pulled Couchman to safety and security, cops stated. He was after that taken to a health center, where he was treated for injuries from the crash.The Gelinnes acted “heroically” and most likely conserved Couchman’s life, stated Anne Arundel Area Fire Department Lt. Jennifer Macallair.

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