When you’re pondering life just after ditching an airplane in the cold, cold Pacific Ocean ten miles from land, it sure must be nice having Coast Guard and Air National Guard aircraft all buzzing about because they just happen to be in the area.
Of course, the aircraft you were flying is now rusting on the continental shelf and you’re still a little cold, but all in all, a good result.
Black Hawk up. An HH-60 Pave Hawk twirly-popper from the California Air National Guard 129th Rescue Wing hoisting away, as recorded by a Coast Guard cell phone camera.
Read all about it.
“The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the California National Guard in the rescue of a San Francisco man who lost engine power on his single-engine airplane and landed in the water about 10 miles west of Pillar Point, Calif., this afternoon.
At approximately 3 p.m. the C-130 aircraft from Air Station Sacramento, on a training mission nearby when they heard the mayday call over the radio, diverted to the scene and dropped a survival kit consisting of a life raft, survival suit, and flares to the man in the water. At the same time, the Coast Guard cutter Tern, homeported at Yerba BuenaIsland, was diverted, along with a 47-foot boat from Station Golden Gate. The Pillar Point Harbor Master and a Good Samaritan also responded.
The crew of the Air National Guard HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter, from the 129th rescue Wing at MoffettAir Field in Mountain View, had just completed joint training operations with the Coast Guard and was about to land at Air Station San Francisco when they were requested to divert to the scene. Arriving on scene at about 3:20 p.m. the Pavehawk hoisted the man and brought him back to the air station to receive emergency medical care.
The man was treated for hypothermia at the air station before being transported by emergency medical services to San Francisco General Hospital. The man’s plane sunk and was unsalvageable.”