CRESCENT CITY, Fla. - A seaplane took on water and began to sink after landing in the St. Johns River near the Renegades on the River restaurant Saturday, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
The pilot of the seaplane safely landed the aircraft near the restaurant, but shortly after landing, the plane began to take on water and started to sink, officials said.
Fire rescue crews attached floats to the airplane to prevent it from sinking and was towed to the Mount Royal Aircraft.
A U.S. Coast Guard aircraft happened to be in the area and assisted until rescue vessels arrived.
According to officials, the pilot was the only person on board the plane and was uninjured.
The pilot of a small float airplane was rescued by authorities using a boat when the aircraft took on water after safely landing on the St. Johns River in Putnam County.
The pilot, whose name wasn’t available, was uninjured in the incident on the river in the 1100 block of Putnam County Road 309 near Renegades Resort. That is in the in the Fruitland area in the southern end of the county, Capt. Joseph Wells of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release Saturday morning.
Wells said after landing as intended the aircraft began sinking. Floats subsequently were attached to the plane to keep it afloat and it was towed back to the Mount Royal Airpark, which is about two miles south of where the incident occurred. A U.S. Coast Guard aircraft that happened to be in the area at the time, assisted until rescue vessels arrived at the sinking plane, he said.