Pilots of the aircraft

Sylvan Lake fishermen surprised by float plane

Alex Lafortune and Jonathon Brunaau did not intend to dock the plane at the pier after landing on Sylvan Lake.

Fishermen along the pier in Sylvan Lake had an unusual addition to their nightly cast out on Wednesday evening as they arrived to find a floatplane tied alongside the end of the pier.

With the pier located within Sylvan Lake Provincial Park, it wasn’t long before Alberta Parks officers Rowsell and Cornfield were on scene where they learned the Turbo Otterfloatplane, piloted by Alex Lafortune and Jonathon Brunaau, had recently been sold and was on its way from Montreal to Seattle.

Lafortune explained they had left Winnipeg that morning where they had contacted the Sylvan Lake RCMP prior to take off. RCMP had instructed them they would be able to dock the plane overnight at the Town dock, however they were unable to locate anything other than the pier during the intense storm taking place at the time of their arrival, which had left them circling in the air until they had nearly run out of fuel.

“This lake is the only lake close enough in proximity to fuel on our flight path, making it the only suitable place for us to stop on our way to Kamloops which is our next refuelling location,”explained Lafortune, referring to Sylvan Lake’s close proximity to the Red Deer Airport.

The pair of pilots had planned to dock the plane overnight, rent a truck or find assistance from a friendly local and make their way to the Red Deer Airport where they would need to fill a minimum of two drums of fuel in order to make it to Kamloops.

They admitted to the officers that it was indeed not the best plan, however it was their only option.

With refuelling in the Provincial Park being out of the question and the aircraft almost completely out of fuel this left both the pilots and the parks officers at a loss of what to do next.

District Conservation Officer for the Alberta Parks Division out of Red Deer, Logan VanImshoot explained it was thanks to the kindness of one local stranger and fellow pilot that the youngQuebecois travellers were able to safely make it back into the air.

“A member of the public came to their rescue, as far as also being a pilot and having private resources on Sylvan Lake that he was able to help out this passerby with,” explained Officer VanImschoot. “He just walked up and said you’re coming with me to the young men, had very little interaction with our officers and helped out in a very modest way.”

The floatplane along with LaFortune and Brunaau left Sylvan Lake before the sun had set that same day surely thankful for the help they had received from a fellow pilot.

editor@sylvanlakenews.com

 

Just Posted

Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation hosting a drive-in movie fundraiser

Excitement building as the big event draws closer

WATCH: Jazz at The Lake draws a crowd for the 16th year

The annual Jazz at the Lake Festival returned to Sylvan Lake Aug. 17-19

Military Vehicle Display and Swap Meet will bring over 40 military vehicle displays

People from across Alberta will head to Red Deer for 2nd annual event

Beach Buddy Program brings reading lakeside

Beach Buddy Program is run through the Sylvan Lake Municipal Library during the summer months

Sylvan Lake swimmer heading to Pan Pacific Championships

Elizabeth Moore will be competing at the games in Fiji Aug. 23-26.

UPDATED: Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Gala brings the stars to Central Alberta

The Gala raises money for various children’s charities throughout Canada

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Liberals scrap lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents

Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced, more applications to be accepted

Lacombe, Red Deer and Ponoka counties launch agricultural plastics recycling program

The three counties signed an agreement with Merlin Plastics

Trudeau says he won’t apologize to heckler, pledges to call out ‘hate speech’

Prime Minister had accused woman of racism as she shouted about illegal immigration at Quebec rally

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

A massive cloud of smoke hangs over B.C. and Alberta due to wildfires

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

In response to the Pennsylvania report, Francis labeled the misconduct “crimes”

Multiple quakes kill at least 12 on Indonesian islands

A shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit about 10 p.m causing landslides

Most Read