The New Hampshire Marine Patrol rescued a 59-year-old Sudbury man Tuesday afternoon after his plane crashed into the cold waters of Lake Winnipesaukee, according to New Hampshire State Police.
The pilot, Vadim Gayshan, was found clinging to his plane around 12:50 p.m., about 20 minutes after authorities first received reports of the crash, police said. Rescuers threw a flotation ring to Gayshan and hauled him aboard a patrol boat.
He was on the only person aboard the plane, police said.
Gayshan was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H., to be treated for cold water immersion.
He told investigators that he had been examining ice conditions on the lake’s surface, flying between 300 and 400 feet above the water.
His plane was equipped with pontoons, which allow for water landings, police said.
During an attempted “touch and go” landing, meaning the aircraft touches down and takes off again before coming to a stop, one of the pontoons caught the water and caused the plane to crash nose-first, Gayshan told investigators.
On Tuesday evening, the plane remained submerged beneath 105 feet of water in the lake, which is about an hour’s drive north of Concord, N.H.
State Police said Gayshan has 13 years of piloting experience, including two years with seaplanes.