TO UPDATE: The video shows an airplane shooting a banner ad that crashes into the Atlantic Ocean right next to the beach in Surf City on Saturday.
First responders quickly pulled the pilot out of the water and carried him to the 13th Street beach to the cheers of the sun worshipers on the sand.
They seemed fine, they said, before an ambulance took him to the Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford Township.
The plane hit the water off Long Beach Island shortly before 3:30 p.m. and quickly submerged, witnesses said.
“I saw the banner drop and heard it sizzle like it ran out of gas,” wrote one of them.
“It was a small yellow-flag plane. It was traveling north along the coast,” added another. “It started descending at an angle towards the water, made sizzling noises, dropped its ad and then landed / crashed into the water near the beach with a big splash.
“First responders ran out / drove their vehicles to him and called 911 immediately.”
The United States Coast Guard joined the large contingent of responders who came to the scene, followed by the State Police and the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office. The National Transportation Safety Board was also on the way.
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