Boulder pilot survives seaplane crash with minor injuries

PALATKA, Fla. - A Colorado pilot and his passenger escaped with minor injuries when their seaplane with its pontoon landing wheels in the down position crashed into the St. Johns River in north Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the plane hit the water at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Putnam County Sheriff's Capt. Joseph Wells told the Palatka Daily News that the 60-year-old pilot Lindsay "Butch" Weaver Jr. of Boulder, and 43-year-old passenger Joscelyn Blumenthal were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Officials say the 1977 Cessna took off from Palatka Municipal Airport for a short flight to the river.

Witnesses called 911 before taking a boat out to the crash site. Kelly Redford says Weaver and Blumenthal were out of the plane. They were loaded into the boat and taken to shore.