Teens rescue Lake Whatcom plane crash victims

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 1 at 6:30 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - What happened on the water Friday evening gave four friends quite the story to tell. 

Twin brothers Nick and Sam DeMuth, 17, where out in their boat, along with Nick Donath, 16, and Justin Pennell, 16. They were enjoying the day on Lake Whatcom when they heard screams for help. The moved closer and saw a seaplane had crashed.

"They were just landing it, and they were a little too far forward and just kind of nosedived in the water," said Pennell.

Sam DeMuth dived in to help get the men out of the water and onto their boat. Then he took a rope and tied it to the seaplane so they could tow it to shore.

The nose of the aircraft is cracked. While it needs repairs, the two men are okay. Larry Becker was the passenger, and he thanked the teenagers Saturday afternoon.

"They are absolutely wonderful. They did just a terrific job," said Becker.

The Whatcom County Sheriff's office reported that the pilot had been practicing landings around 5 o'clock Friday night when the crash happened.

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