Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 4 after plane crashes in water in St. Pete

Pinellas County
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Good Samaritans helped the Coast Guard rescue four people from a plane that crashed into the water near downtown St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoon.

Jon Lewandowski was working from home when he saw fire crews rush to Albert Whitted Airport.

“It was abnormally loud and we’re in a very sound building so I was looking out and then I started seeing them on the runway, in both directions,” he said.

A small engine plane overshot the runway just after 12:30 p.m., and crashed into the water.

“When it happened, you hear the sirens and the aftermath and that’s where it was kind of freaky,” said Lewandowski. 

He picked up his cell phone and started shooting.

“Immediately I saw people swimming in the water, whether it be coast guard or humanitarians from what I’m told now,” he said.

Eagle 8 HD captured the scene from above.

The plane, submerged in the murky water, couldn’t be seen.

The U.S. Coast Guard happen to be in the area training.

Officials said good Samaritans helped the four people out of the water.

“We noticed a splash in the water and we saw a good Sam, responding to the incident and with that we drive our boat into investigate and were there within a couple of minutes,” said a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman.

All four were taken back to the Coast Guard station to be treated.

One had to be taken to the hospital.

Officials said none of the injuries were life threatening.

“We’re fortunate to get the people out of the water and give them the help they needed.”

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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