Boater rescues pair after seaplane crashes into Lake Ashby in Central Florida

Posted at 10:58 AM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 10:59:10-04

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- An Ohio couple is recovering after a brush with death in Florida over the weekend.

They were trying to land an amphibious plane in Lake Ashby when something went wrong. The plane flipped, and nearly went under.

Aerial video from Volusia County sheriff's deputies shows the Searey single-engine amphibious aircraft flipped over.

It was being flown by Chris and Vivienne Carlson when deputies say they tried landing it on the water.

"I think what happened is they probably landed in too shallow of water. And when the wheels hit the ground it tipped up," said Dewie Thompson a boater who ended up rescuing the pair.

The chopper video later showed Dewie steering toward a boat ramp and giving Volusia County deputies in a helicopter a wave.

Mr. Carlson then appeared to be consoling his wife sitting behind him.

"They both got injuries. I think they're both head injuries.  I think they're both still injured," Thompson said.
Authorities said the couple went to the hospital with head and facial injuries, but are expected to be OK.