BAD AXE (WWJ) – It may be considered a miracle. The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Lake Huron has been rescued in good condition after treading water all night.
Harbor Beach charter boat captain, Janice Deaton, said she was out looking for debris when she learned the pilot had been saved by some good Samaritans another boat.
“There was a boat called Eagle’s Nest, a big cruiser that was heading north that spotted him in the water,” Deaton told WWJ Newsradio 950.
“They picked him up and brought him in to the light house. The Coast Guard came out and picked him up off of their boat,” she said, adding that he was not wearing a life jacket, yet managed to stay afloat until his rescuers arrived.
Deaton said the water temperature was around 68 degrees.
“It would have drew his temperature down, so I’m sure he’s suffering from hypothermia. But, he was very responsive so they’re really happy with the condition he’s in for what he went through,” she said.
The pilot, who has been identified as 42-year-old Michael Trapp of New York, was taken to a nearyby hospital for treatment.
The plane departed from Gouverneur, New York and was heading for Eau Claire, Wisconson. There were no passengers aboard.