Update: Floatplane Accident in Thunder Bay Harbour

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Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Fire Rescue says that at approximately 09:16hrs on Saturday morning, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responded to a reported airplane crash within the break wall of Thunder Bay Harbour. Upon arrival by initial responding fire crews observed an overturned floatplane partially submerged just east of Lakehead Aviation on Shipyard Drive.

The initial TBFR officer on the scene prepared to enter the water with an inflatable zodiac boat at the Lakehead Aviation boat launch site while additional TBFR crews launched Harbour Rescue 1 at the Thunder Bay Marina Park location.

CFB Trenton Thunder Bay Coast Guard, Thunder Bay Police and Superior North EMS also attended the scene at the incident command location.

Updated information from Thunder Bay Airport indicated that the pilot of the overturned aircraft had been removed with the assistance of an additional floatplane pilot who was in the area.  The pilot of the overturned aircraft was transported to shore.

Responding TBFR crews donned water immersion suits to check for additional potential victims at the crash site with none being found. The pilot, who was the lone occupant of the overturned aircraft was examined by paramedics on scene and released.

There were no injuries to any other occupants or first responders.  A total of 3 Pumpers, a Command unit and two watercraft responded to this incident.