Jellyfish Descend on Pilot and Passenger Who Crashed in Ocean

By Inside Edition Staff
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Video shows a plane crashing into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday during an aerial photo shoot involving two aircraft. 

One of planes during the shoot reportedly malfunctioned and crashed near Half Moon Bay, about 9 miles from San Francisco and the single engine Beechcraft Bonanza lost power. 

Miraculously the pilot, David Lesh, and his passenger make it out alive.

As the plane sunk farther into the sea, the survivors gathered anything that would float and shot video of their entire ordeal as they tread water. The couple was adrift in the ocean for about 40 minutes and were being attacked by jellyfish. 

Above them, Owen Leipelt, the pilot of the other plane, circled, sending out mayday calls to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Fortunately, a Coast Guard helicopter was on a training mission nearby and was able to get there in a short amount of time. 

"I tried to record the things that seemed important – the airplane going in, the helicopter, us starting to get cold. My life has been definitely been a pretty crazy one and we were sort of appreciating that this is another insane thing that has happened to me in my life," Lesh said. 

Inside Edition reunited Lesh and Leipelt after the crash. Leipelt had nothing but praise for his colleague. 

"David did a fantastic job putting the airplane in the water, I could have not done it better myself," Leipelt said. 

Lesh was still shooting video as they were hauled aboard the chopper to safety. 

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash. The pilot and his passenger both declined medical attention. 

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