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Colo. man rescued after plane goes down near San Francisco

Colo. man rescued after plane goes down near San Francisco”

KTVU spoke with the Coast Guard rescue team, consisting of four members, who happened to be in the air for a rescue training mission when they received the call about the real-deal emergency.

David Lesh's single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza had taken off from Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, on Tuesday to do a mid-air photoshoot of his new plane, which was piloted by his friend Owen Leipelt.

"We just stood on the wing as long as we could". "There were jellyfish everywhere".

An NBC Bay Area reporter tweeted video showing the plane splashing into the water, and another video purported to have been taken by the pilot shows a woman waving at the Coast Guard helicopter while she was in the water after the crash. We just waited as long as we could on the wing.

Neither Lesh or Kayla suffered any injuries, but were beginning to feel the effects of the water's cold temperature and did get a few jellyfish stings, NBC News reported.

"So we're out here in the Pacific Ocean floating around", Lesh says in the video, describing how they're using seat cushions and window shades as flotation devices. The plane went down, we got into the water.

At one point, said Leipelt said he lost sight of the two in the water. "We were totally fine", Lesh told KGO-TV.

He described the awful feeling.

"I would guess we probably didn't have much more than maybe a minute or two from the time, you know, I figured maybe something was wrong until we hit the water", Lesh told CNN. "I had been circling and I couldn't see them anymore, and David called me on the phone as he was bobbing in the water".

"For as awful as it was, as it could've been, it really wasn't bad", said USCG First Class Petty Officer Mikol Sullivan. Joshua Murphy said that the fact that Leipelt was able to contact first responders so quickly was a huge factor in saving Lesh and Kayla as fast as they did.

"Experienced an engine failure off the coast of San Francisco today during a photo formation flight, had to ditch into the ocean".

The Harbor Patrol and Cal Fire also responded to the scene It is not clear what led up to the plane crash.

The Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.



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