Rafters rescue downed pilot on Colorado River

Posted at 10:48 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 12:48:05-04

NBC News – A group of rafters helped save the life of a pilot after his plane went down in the Colorado River near Westwater, Utah Thursday.

“We saw a plane fly low over the river and about 15, 20 minutes later we saw it crumpled up in a heap at the edge of the river,” said Max Meneley, who was rafting. “He did have a personal beacon so and we had about 30 minutes of cell service and told the paramedics where we were going and pretty much just rowed as hard as we could.”

A spokesperson for the Mesa County Sheriff’s office say the 59-year-old pilot was conscious and breathing when he was airlifted to the hospital.

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