Philipsburg – January 27th 2014. Around 4.45 a call was received of a crashed airplane somewhere off the coast close to Guana Bay. Rescue 01 was quickly launched and with a crew of four left base around 5pm. Being the first on scene and only having location information from a witness (no coordinates) Rescue 01 commenced their search in the suspected area. Later joined by a helicopter but without success. The approximately 20 to 25 foot swell made searching difficult because the Rescue 01 is very low on the water. The ferry between St Barths and St Maarten, Voyager, was also in the area and we saw that they stopped. Rescue 01 quickly approached them and they had found the three survivors of which two were already in a very small dinghy. Rescue 01 picked up the third person and took over the other two to transport them to Bobby’s Marina where an ambulance was waiting. All passengers experienced some head trauma but seemed to me in good condition after a plane crash. The plane was not found. Other rescue organizations that joined were the French side SNSM and the Dutch side coastguard. On shore other Rescue volunteers kept busy coordinating the rescue mission. Rescue 01 with it’s crew of four and the three survivors arrived in Great Bay around 6.30pm.
Below is also a link to the Daily Herald newspaper about the crash.