David Lesh has probably never been so happy to be back on land. As the young American was travelling the west coast of the United States at Half Moon Bay, California, accompanied by his friend Kayla, the plane carrying the couple suddenly crashed into Pacific waters, about 9 miles from land.
‘We’re floating around now, in the Pacific Ocean... I’m holding on to my window shades as a floatation device’
The plane, a small Beechcraft aircraft, crashed due to a sudden loss of power, CNews said on August 26th. According to ABC News, the aircraft had been purchased a few weeks earlier by David, who is also the founder of an extreme sports clothing brand.
‘We’re floating around now, in the Pacific Ocean... I’m holding on to my window shades as a floatation device,’ he can be heard saying in one of the videos shot shortly after the crash into Pacific waters.
With a surprisingly calm air despite the expanse of water surrounding them, David continues: ‘I think there was a fuel problem. We're getting cold, and there are jellyfish too.’
‘I grabbed my phone, objects to float on…’
But fortunately for the passengers, the crash was not too violent and allowed them to get out of the cabin before the plane sank. ‘We immediately opened the door. I grabbed my phone, objects to float on and we stayed on the wing while the plane was floating, which probably lasted for 30 or 40 seconds,’ David told ABC News. About 20 minutes later, the coast guard arrived on the scene to save the couple from a definite drowning.
But across the Atlantic, some people are wondering and even suspect David Lesh, who has a community of just over 40,000 Instagram subscribers, of having staged the crash. To which the young entrepreneur replied to the Chicago Sun Times that he had paid the sum of £160,000 to buy the plane, and spent an additional £32,000 to improve it.