I can’t recall if we won or lost, but for many of us, it was our first trip to St. Croix and our first time on the seaplane.
In the summer of 1978, I remember reading about the crash of one of those seaplanes.
The left engine died, leaving the captain no option but to make an emergency landing in the sea.
They made a sea landing close to Watergate Villas.
Apparently, it had just taken off from their ramp in town when it suddenly lost power. Fortunately, none of the eleven passengers on board were seriously injured.
Pilot lands Seaplane Safely
The Air Force pilot, Robert W. Johnson was the hero that day. He was praised by everyone for handling the emergency landing so well.
After all the passengers were safely ashore, he went back into the plane to retrieve all the handbags and luggage left behind.
The residents at Watergate Villas also made a gallant effort to help.
They raced down the thorny hillside to assist the frightened passengers.
This way, I wouldn’t have to travel on a seaplane again. 🛥