HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Bystanders jumped into action Friday along Huntington Beach in Southern California after a small plane crashed not far away from a lifeguard competition.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department said the crash happened around 1:30 p.m.
Witness video showed the plane towing an advertising banner before it splash landed in the Pacific Ocean, not far from shore.
Lifeguards quickly raced out to the downed aircraft and extricated the pilot, who was reported to have not sustained any serious injuries.
FOX 11 reported the pilot was alert as he was examined by emergency crews back onshore.
Beachgoers braved water temperatures in the mid-60s to remove the banner from the ocean after the crash.
Despite the close crash landing, there were no other reported injuries amongst rescue crews or beachgoers.
Meteorologists say the weather likely didn’t play a role in the accident.
Nearby weather stations were reporting clear skies and wind gusts at ten mph or less around the time of the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to investigate the incident.