VIDEO: Small Plane Down In Anne Arundel, Kayakers Help Rescue Calvert Pilot From Beards Creek

Anne Arundel County Police Officer Elizabeth Myers also boarded a kayak in an attempt to rescue the pilot from the frozen waters. Oars don’t work on ice, but screwdrivers do! Watch the rescue from Officer Myers viewpoint in the video above. 

EDGEWATER, Md. – On December 26, 2022 Maryland State Police were on the scene of a single engine plane crash in Anne Arundel County.

Small Plane has crashed into Beards Creek. The Pilot is being transported to AAMC with non-life threatening injuries. Fire Dept personnel are assisting several kayakers with warming. Great job by all who responded! Photo by Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Small Plane has crashed into Beards Creek. The Pilot is being transported to AAMC with non-life threatening injuries. Fire Dept personnel are assisting several kayakers with warming. Great job by all who responded! Photo by Anne Arundel County Fire Department

Correction: The pilot is from Prince Frederick.

The pilot and sole occupant is identified as Steve Couchman, 71, of Prince Frederick, Maryland. He was transported by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he is receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash. The plane involved is a Piper Cherokee single engine plane. 

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. this morning, Maryland State Police from the Glen Burnie and Annapolis Barracks were dispatched to the report of a plane crash near Lee Airport in Edgewater, Maryland.  The preliminary investigation indicates that moments after the pilot took off from Lee Airport, the engine of his plane began sputtering. Witnesses told police they heard the sputter and shortly thereafter, they heard the plane crash into Beards Creek.  

Two nearby civilians and an on-duty police officer from the Anne Arundel County Police Department who heard the call, used three kayaks to skim across the iced creek to provide assistance to the pilot. While the plane was sinking, the pilot exited his plane and stood on the wing. Once the kayakers were close enough, the pilot was able to hang on to one of them to stay afloat.

Moments later officers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police responded to the scene by boat. Upon their arrival, an officer cut through the ice and pulled the pilot safely into the boat and transported him to the Annapolis Landing Marina nearby where the pilot was subsequently transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Maryland State Police from the Annapolis and Glen Burnie Barracks remain on the scene. Officers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police and Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to assist along with emergency medical service personnel from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.  None of the kayakers were injured during the rescue operation. The investigation continues…

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