Hamilton man survived float plane crash in Georgian Bay
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.