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CHARLEVOIX, MI – A pilot was rescued from a partially submerged airplane after crashing in Lake Michigan over the weekend, authorities said.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix personnel located the crash site near Beaver Island and rescued the pilot on Saturday, July 3, after District Nine Command Center received an Electronic Location Transmitter Alert around 8 p.m., according to a USCG news release.
The station’s 45-foot response boat was launched to investigate. Upon arrival at the alert location, the crew found a partially submerged aircraft with one person sitting on top, the release said.
The individual, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was brought onto the rescue boat and transported to emergency medical services for treatment of minor injuries.
The airplane is still partially submerged near Beaver Island, the release said. The Coast Guard is advising all mariners to stay away from the area, and is working with the aircraft owner on a plan for removal and mediation of possible pollution.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, the release said.
“This case highlights the importance of having safety equipment that is in working order,” said Cpt. Anthony Jones, sector commander. “This pilot’s quick thinking in activating their ELT allowed our crew to quickly respond to their location to provide timely and effective assistance.”