Seaplane crashes in Canandaigua Lake

By Scott Pukos Messenger Post

A Canandaigua man was not injured after crashing his seaplane on Canandaigua Lake around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, said Ontario County sheriff’s deputies.

According to police, Joseph M. Bell, 71, of 4865 West Lake Road, landed his 1980 Cessna Model 185 seaplane — that he owns — in the lake and was preparing to take-off again when the vehicle flipped over. Bell was the only occupant of the plane and was able to free himself, deputies said. A group of nearby residents witnessed the crash and brought Bell to shore in a boat.

A sheriff patrol boat arrived shortly after the crash and secured the boat, and prevented it from sinking into the lake, police said. The plane was towed toward the west shore of the lake, and crews from Fields Construction and the German Brothers Marina, both of Canandaigua, worked to remove the plane from the lake.

The crash happened near the Davidson Landing area in the town of Canandaigua. According to deputies, no gas or oil leaked into the water.

The Canandaigua Emergency Squad, Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department, along with several area residents, assisted at the scene. The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have been notified of the crash.