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Lake Okeechobee Plane Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission rescued two people after the seaplane they
were crashed on Lake Okeechobee.

FWC said on Thursday that the plane departed from Lantana
Airport, but soon went off radar. The Glades County Sheriff's
Office contacted the FWC for help after getting a report of a plane
down.

Authorities say the single-engine seaplane was almost entirely
submerged when they arrived. The pilot, identified as 57-year-old
Thomas English, was sitting on the engine compartment. His
passenger, 34-year-old Herman Bollrath, was in the water, wearing a
life vest.

They were the only people in the plane.

The pilot stated he was trying to land on the water when a wave
hit and flipped the plane over. Neither man needed medical
treatment.


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