The pilot of a banner plan survived a crash into the ocean about 500 yards off the coast by 13th Avenue and Ocean Terrace in Surf City on Saturday afternoon, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer tells Townsquare Media News.

The pilot did survive the crash and was brought to Southern Ocean County Medical Center, the Surf City Volunteer Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

SCVFD also said that the plane had already sunk and Surf City Lifeguards rescued the pilot and brought him to the beach where EMS provided first aid and brought him to Southern Ocean Medical Center.

Surf City Police said that they responded around 3:20 pm and along with lifeguards, officers Costabile and Orborne rescued the pilot.


The plane was about 17-feet under water Coast Guard Petty Officer Edward Wargo told NJ Advance Media.

Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy tells Townsquare Media News that the the pilot was the only person on board the banner plane and the Coast Guard is leading the investigation into the crash.

A resident posted video of the crash in the Surf City - NJ Facebook group from Surfline's Surf Cam.

Mark Anthony and Dan Alexander contributed to this report.


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