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Forum staff reports, Published August 03 2010

Fargo pilot swims to safety after making emergency landing in lake in Hubbard County, Minn.

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – A Fargo pilot swam to safety after making an emergency landing in a lake near Park Rapids on Monday, the Hubbard County sheriff said.

The sheriff’s office received a report at 6:13 p.m. Monday of an airplane accident without injuries on Petit Lake, about 9 miles northeast of Park Rapids.

Seventy-year-old Lawrence Larson of Fargo was flying a home-built float plane in the Upper Bottle Lake area when the plane lost power. He quickly realized the safest place to land would be Petit Lake, Sheriff Frank Homer stated in a news release.

The airplane’s nose tipped into the water, causing the plane to flip. Larson suffered no apparent injuries and swam to shore, the release stated.

The plane was pulled from the lake and will be inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the incident with the sheriff’s office.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Hubbard First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance also responded to the incident.