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Plane crash survivors record Coast Guard rescue

A US Coast Guard helicopter arrived on the scene to rescue pilot David Lesh and his passenger after he was forced to ditch their light aircraft into the sea at Half Moon Bay, off the California coast, on August 20. The helicopter responded to the scene after being contacted by passengers on a second plane who witnessed the crash. Lesh captured the moment the helicopter arrived on the scene, as well as the moments before, when he and his female companion calmly waited in the water, “floating around” on some improvised flotation devices made from seat cushions and window shades. He shot further footage as they made it back to dry land. “The second pilot’s quick response to report the downed plane and remain on scene greatly aided the Coast Guard’s prompt response and ability to save two lives,” said Lt Cmdr Joshua Murphy, the pilot of the rescue chopper. In an interview following the rescue, Lesh told ABC 7: “We were totally fine.” Credit: David Lesh via Storyful

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