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Video: Police continue to search Fairbank Lake for float plane pilot

Bystanders rescue lone survivor and dove into the dark water to try to locate pilot

Greater Sudbury Police continue to search Fairbank Lake for a 60-year-old man who was the pilot of a float plane that crashed on the lake on Sept. 21

A man that owns waterfront property in the area witnessed the crash. He asked to remain anonymous but told that he heard someone yelling for help  and quickly jumped in to the boat to rescue the passenger who was hanging on to one of the pontoons attached to the plane.

The 32-year-old sustained minor injuries but said his uncle was still in the aircraft.

The rescuers went back to the downed plane to try and find any more survivors, diving into the water until rescue crews arrived.

The plane is believed to be resting at the bottom of the lake in about 130 feet of water.

The police Marine Unit and Search Team, assisted by the Search and Rescue Team from CFB Trenton, are searching for the pilot. CFB Trenton have dispatched a C-130 Hercules and a helicopter to the scene.

Check back to for more information as it becomes available.


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