Hamil­ton man sur­vived float plane crash in Geor­gian Bay

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

BRITT — A Hamil­ton man has sur­vived with mi­nor in­juries af­ter a float plane crash.

At about 2:42 p.m. on Fri­day the Britt and Area Fire De­part­ment, Parry Sound EMS, and the Joint Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre re­sponded to re­ports of a downed plane south of Mar­jory Is­land on Geor­gian Bay, five kilo­me­tres south of Byng In­let.

Marine Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Traf­fic Ser­vices Sar­nia broad­cast a may­day re­lay and the Coast Guard’s in­shore res­cue crew boat sta­tioned in Britt was sent to search near Nor­gate In­let, south of Britt, for the oc­cu­pant of the plane.

A Good Sa­mar­i­tan pulled Phil Den­ton, 58, from the wa­ter, and he was trans­ported to the Coast Guard’s boat where the crew per­formed first aid treat­ment while he was be­ing trans­ported to shore.

“He was talk­ing, but he was go­ing in and out of shock,” said a first re­spon­der.

“A by­stander said that he saw the plane drop from the sky — about 100 feet — into the wa­ter. The pi­lot man­aged to get out of the plane ... he had a head in­jury and his arm was banged up.”

Den­ton was taken to the West Parry Sound Health Cen­tre by am­bu­lance with mi­nor in­juries and re­leased that evening.

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