Neighbors grabbed kayaks and glided out across the ice to help the pilot after his single-engine plane crashed on Monday

By Paul Wagner, News4 Reporter and Allison Hageman

A pilot was rescued after a small plane crashed into an icy creek in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, on Monday morning.

Rescue personnel were dispatched to reports of a small plane crash near Lee Airport in Edgewater, Maryland, at about 10:30 a.m., according to a Maryland State Police release. The incident was first reported by @ArundelNews.

The pilot, identified as Steve Couchman, 71, of Frederick, Maryland, was the only person on the Piper Cherokee single-engine plane, police said. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries by first responders, Maryland State Police said.

The initial police investigation revealed that moments after the plane took off from Lee Airport the engine sputtered. People in the area said they heard the plane sputter before it crashed into Beards Creek in Riva, Maryland.

A witness said the plane got lower before it crashed into the ice. She said that several people in kayaks came to help the pilot.

Two of the kayakers were civilians and another was an on-duty Anne Arundel County officer, according to police. While the plane was sinking, the pilot exited the plane and stood on the wing. He was able to hang on to one of the kayaks until first responders came by boat, according to police.