Small plane crashes in Windermere lake

Two boaters save father, daughter from wreckage

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Two boaters saved a father and daughter after their plane nosedived into a lake Friday evening.

Orange County Fire Rescue officials say they responded to the call on Lake Down at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Witnesses tell News 6 they heard the plane's engine sputtering as it circled the lake.

Austin Keaton was fishing with a friend when they watched the plane crash into the water.

"I jumped on the motor, he called 911 and we got over there in about 20 seconds," Keaton said.

They arrived to find the plane had sunk, and a man, 46, was treading water holding his injured daughter.

"When we got there he was saying, 'grab my daughter, grab my daughter.' He wasn't going to be able to swim much longer," he said. "Right as we got there, he dropped her."

The two boaters grabbed the 9-year-old girl and pulled her onto the their boat.


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