David Darling ’16 Rescues Pilot from Downed Plane off the RI Coast

Recent DA grad David Darling had quite a first day on the job when he and a fellow lifeguard rescued the pilot of a downed plane, 30 yards off shore from a crowded Rhode Island beach. According to Inside Edition,

“The 62-year-old pilot from Long Island, New York, was seen climbing out on the wing of his aircraft after it crashed Saturday. Moments later, the single-engine plane started sinking nose first. The tail section was poking out of the water.

Two lifeguards sprang into action and pulled the pilot on to a surfboard and bring him to shore. Amazingly, he was unhurt.

One lifeguard was identified as 18-year-old David Darling and it was his first day as a summer lifeguard.”

See video of the rescue and an interview with David on Inside Edition’s web site.

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