WATCH: Anne Arundel Co. police maneuver kayaks with screwdrivers to rescue pilot in icy crash

When 71-year-old Steve Couchman crash-landed his plane into the frozen waters of Beards Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, shortly after taking off from Lee Airport, he was brought onto a kayak by a good Samaritan father-son duo.

Anne Arundel County Police Officer Elizabeth Myers also boarded a kayak in an attempt to rescue Couchman, using screwdrivers to propel the kayak forward on the ice.

“Oars don’t work on ice, but screwdrivers do!” the police department wrote on a post showing the bodycam footage.

Watch below to see Myers respond at the scene of the icy crash.

Dana Sukontarak

Dana Sukontarak is a Digital Writer/Editor for She loves haiku poetry, short sci-fi stories and word games. She grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and currently lives in Silver Spring.

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