Surf City Lifeguards Rescue Pilot After Plane Crashes into Ocean off LBI

SURF CITY, NJ – Lifeguards on duty in Surf City on Saturday rescued a pilot after his plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Long Beach Island.

At approximately 03:20 pm on June 27, 2020, the Surf City Police Department responded to the 13th Street beach for a report of a plane crash into the ocean. Ptl. Costabile and Ptl. Rible arrived on scene and found a small banner plane had crashed into the ocean.

“Upon arrival, Surf City lifeguards, Scott Meggitt and Charles Orborne, had quickly rescued the pilot and were bringing him back to shore. The pilot was treated by Surf City Fire and EMS and transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center with minor injuries,” the department said. “The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Surf City Police Dept. and the Federal Aviation Administration.”

Assisting with the rescue was the Surf City Beach Patrol, Surf City Fire/EMS, Ship Bottom Fire Co., Beach Haven Fire, U.S. Coast Guard and the NJ State Police Marine Division.

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