NJ Man in Hudson Plane Crash Called Wife, Then 911

3:53 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A New Jersey man who was rescued from a plane crash in the icy Hudson River says he called 911 only after contacting his family.

Chris Smidt, of Colonia, N.J., spoke Tuesday at a ceremony honoring rescuers at City Hall in Yonkers, N.Y.

Smidt says he wasn't sure he would survive the frigid waters Sunday evening. He told his wife to tell their two children he loved them.

After he was in the water for 15 minutes, he knew his body was starting to shut down. But then he heard the sound of a rescue boat.

He was treated at a hospital along with the pilot, 39-year-old Denise De Priester, of East Windsor, N.J.

The pair had on life vests. The single-engine plane sank.


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