Plane crash in St. Mary’s River: Update

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The Canadian Coast Guard issued a VHF for the plane that went down early this afternoon and the Sault, Michigan U.S. Coast Guard was sent to help.

There is an international agreement between the two countries on the Great Lakes, confirmed the Canadian Coast Guard.

They also corfirmed “a good Samaritan,” as well as the OPP and RCMP sent out vessels.

No answer yet as to why Sault Fire Services were not there for rescue.

This may be because their water rescue boat was deemed unfit by the Sault Fire Dept. Chief late last year.

From the OPP

At approximately 12:02 pm on August 22, 2016 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Garden River Fire and Rescue and Sault Ste Marie Emergency Medical Service (EMS), attended to a report of aircraft mishap on the St Mary’s River near Bells Point.

Marine Units from the OPP, RCMP and United States Coast Guard were also in attendance.

Investigation indicates that upon landing the aircraft took on water in one of its floats and the aircraft capsized. The pilot, John Paul FINCK age 74 years, of Sault Ste Marie, ON, was the sole occupant of the aircraft. He suffered minor injuries and was not transported to hospital.