Pilot saved from sea accident by training of Marine units in the field


CEDAR KEY, Fla – A pilot who crashed at sea was rescued by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Marine units that were conducting training in the area.

The Tampa Marine Unit with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit was conducting joint operations in Cedar Key, Florida on November 9 when an aircraft was intercepted by George T. Lewis was seen floating in the water about half a mile from the airport.

Officials said as agents and representatives approached the sinking plane, the pilot was seen climbing out and standing on the wreckage. After this the agents saved the young man.

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“Situational awareness and prompt actions of Marine Intervention agents and sheriff’s duties prevented a potential human tragedy,” said Michael Mathis, deputy director of Marine Operations. “We are grateful that we have the appropriate resources and trained personnel to perform during events like this. Introduce yourself.”