“Thankfully, I had my raft handy and the motor started quickly,” said Carvalho.
By the time they reached the accident scene, the plane was almost completely submerged in the 42-degree water, with no survivors visible. Carvallo recalled seeing a piece of debris and the pilot's head.
"He knew what he was doing. He got the plane down safely, and he was already out of the plane by the time we got there," said Carper.
Carvalho and Carper pulled him into the raft. Carvalho returned to the site of the accident and rescue and tied a rope and a marker to the plane so officials could locate it under water.