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Small Plane Crashes in Colorado River

Rafters help rescue pilot

Westwater, UT. - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue and the Lower Valley Fire Protection District all responded to a small plane that crashed into the Colorado River near the Colorado-Utah border.

KREX 5 News has a reporter on the scene who tells us the pilot of the plane, described only as a 59-year-old man, was the only person on board, and has been taken by helicopter to Moab for medical treatment. The pilot was picked up by a rafter who passed by the crashed plane. The rafter told KREX 5 that the man was on the banks of the river when he was found, and was conscious and breathing, but injured. "That was the best part, seeing him walk around and getting him on the boat and he talked the whole time, learned a lot about him, and had him talking the whole time. So it was good to get him here and leave him with the paramedics, and know that he's okay," said Max Meneley, one of the rafters who helped rescue the pilot.

The Sheriff's Office described the plane as a Kitfox. They are single engine planes that are sold either pre-assembled or in kits that people can build on their own.

The aircraft is partially submerged in the water and is currently being secured by officials on the scene.

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