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2 RESCUED BY BOATERS AFTER AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT CRASHES ON LAKE ASHBY
An amphibious airplane crashed on Lake Ashby west of New Smyrna Beach this morning, injuring two people on board who were rescued from the water by a boater and taken to dry land.
The incident was reported at 11:25 a.m. at the lake off Boy Scout Camp Road. A boater told a 911 dispatcher that he saw the plane come in for a landing on the lake and then flip over. The two patients ended up hanging onto the side of his boat.
“Give me your hand, give me your hand,” he could be heard saying while on the phone with 911, as he and others worked to pull the crash victims onto the boat.
The boat started transporting the victims, husband and wife Chris (age 58) and Vivienne (67) Carlson, to land. Air One arrived overhead and provided a video feed to the dispatcher who was on the phone with the boater.
When the boat reached land, the victims met first responders and were transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford for treatment of facial and head injuries.
The plane is a SeaRey amphibious aircraft.
Sheriff’s deputies turned over the incident to the NTSB.
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151