Sheriff honors crews from plane crash

February 9, 2008 2:52:22 PM PST
San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks will be holding a ceremony Monday in Redwood City to present commendations to emergency responders who rescued a man and his son after their aircraft crashed into the San Francisco Bay in October.

In recognition of the quick action and good judgment taken by the rescuers who reported to the crash, Munks will present six commendations and one "special award," according to the sheriff's office.

On Oct. 27, authorities received word of a small plane crash just east of San Carlos at 11:29 a.m., Belmont-San Carlos Battalion Chief Chet McConnville reported. Fireboats were dispatched into the area as a spotter plane took to the air to locate the crash.

According to McConnville, the two victims were spotted standing on the wing of the aircraft as it slowly sunk into the water. Fireboat 11, from the Redwood City Fire Department, rescued both men as they attempted to swim to shore after the plane sank.

The pilot told rescuers that the aircraft lost power and he was unable to restart it, McConnville said. He then "belly-landed" the plane in the water.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed about 2.5 miles east of San Carlos, near the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the sheriff's office at 400 County Center.