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‘Oars don’t work on ice, but screwdrivers do!’ Kayakers scrape along frozen creek to save downed pilot

A small plane careened into a creek Monday morning after missing the runway at a Maryland airport. The 71-year-old pilot survived the initial impact only to have to deal with potential hypothermia in the freezing water.

Fortunately, two Good Samaritans and a fast-thinking police officer launched into action in kayaks, trading oars for tools to get the pilot safely ashore.

What are the details?

A Piper Cherokee single-engine plane flown by Steve Couchman choked out after taking off from Lee Airport near Edgewater.

After hearing the initial sputter from the plane’s engine, witnesses heard the vehicle crash into Beards Creek.

Maryland State Police indicated that they were dispatched to the scene shortly before 10:30 a.m., but that two bystanders and a nearby Anne Arundel County Police officer beat them to the punch. It’s a good thing, too.

While Couchman managed to clamber out of the wreck and onto its wing, the plane continue to sink into the icy water.

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