Floatplane fully submerged in Cowichan Lake following crash: RCMP

Floatplane fully submerged in Cowichan Lake following crash: RCMP
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The BC RCMP says that a floatplane has been fully submerged in Cowichan Lake following a crash on Friday afternoon.

According to police, RCMP, along with other emergency responders, were informed of a plane crash that occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday, September 3.

When RCMP officers arrived on the scene, they were able to make contact with the pilot — the sole occupant of the plane — and determine that no one had been seriously injured.

The pilot sustained minor injuries in the crash but was transported to hospital for further assessment.

This investigation is still in the preliminary stages, and may take some time to determine the full cause of the crash, says Sergeant Chris Manseau, RCMP Division Media Relations Officer. The pilot is fully cooperating with investigators, and it doesn’t appear at this time that any criminality took place.

RCMP investigators have been in contact with the Transportation Safety Board who are also aware of the crash and have opted not to attend the scene.

The plane remains fully submerged in Cowichan Lake until it can be safely removed.

RCMP is asking local residents to avoid the vicinity for the time being.

Investigators are requesting any witnesses to the crash to contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668.


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