First responders recall amazing rescue of 143 people from plane crash in Florida

  • Source: News 4 Jax
  • Published: 05/07/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: First responders who helped save the lives of the 143 people on board the Miami Air plane that went skidding into the St. Johns River Friday night say it's their job but not something they will soon forget. More than 100 firefighters from across the city worked together to quickly get passengers off the wing of the airplane and back to shore. They worked in the rain at night to get everyone off the Miami Air Boeing 737 wing, into rafts and back to dry land. "I'm still kind of in disbelief," said firefighter Michael Lapine with First Coast Navy Fire and Emergency Services. He was one of the first rescuers in the water. His crew immediately called for backup when they saw how big the rescue would be. That's when firefighters from nearby Jacksonville Fire and Rescue crews at Station 23 joined them.


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