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UPDATED: Three rescued after float plane crashes in water near Sechelt

Three passengers walked away without injuries after the float plane they were in crashed in the ocean west of Davis Bay early Tuesday afternoon.
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 Emergency crews on scene at Davis Bay after a float plane crashed early Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Sean EckfordEmergency crews on scene at Davis Bay after a float plane crashed early Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Sean Eckford

Three passengers walked away without injuries after the float plane they were in crashed in the ocean west of Davis Bay early Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sechelt Fire Chief Trevor Pike, the privately-owned Beaver float plane was shuttling between Vancouver and Ruby Lake. Three males were the only people on board.

The uninjured passengers were transferred to a Coast Guard hovercraft from the tug that picked them up, and were seen walking to the ambulance that transferred them to Sechelt Hospital for assessment.

The crash was reported at 12:55 p.m., Sunshine Coast RCMP said.

According to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, the small plane sank after it hit the water.

Transport Canada will conduct the investigation into the crash.