Heroic paddleboarders rushed to rescue a pilot who had to make an emergency landing in a lake after “mechanical problems”.
A game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was testing a plane Thursday afternoon when he reported some problems, even though the plane just came out of routine maintenance.
They eventually forced the pilot to attempt to land at Lady Bird Lake in central Austin and he crashed into the water.
Luckily a group of paddleboarders were out on the water and they spotted the plane.
They placed the pilot’s body on one of their boards and wheeled it ashore, where paramedics were waiting.
He was taken to the hospital with “possibly serious injuries.”
One of the viewers who helped, Nicholas Compton, told Austin television station KXAN: “I was expecting to see something much worse than a man floating alive, so I was very relieved to see that he was still conscious.
“So I didn’t have to think much aside from just taking him to shore for medical attention.”
Dramatic aerial footage shows the aircraft partially submerged near the water’s surface.
Pictures and video clips posted on social media show how the police, fire brigade and paramedics are helping.
Several people expressed their best wishes, prayers and hopes that the pilot is safe.
It comes after the inventor of the jet-powered flyboard was hospitalized after falling 15 meters into the water during a performance at Lake Biscarosse in France last month.
The 40-year-old, who flew across the English Channel on his flyboard, suffered only minor injuries and is said to be “recovering well” from his accident.
The footage shows Zapata slowly getting up in a spin before appearing to lose control.
This causes him to turn around several times and fall into the lake in front of the crowd.
French media said he was conscious when rescue workers pulled him out of the water.
Officials later told reporters he displayed “good sensitivity and motor skills” in the hospital.
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