Navy F-18 Fighter Jet Pilot Survives Ejecting Thousands of Feet in the Sky and Falling in the Ocean

Fishing boats and hero fisherman raced to save unconscious pilot who was floating in the ocean.
3:00 | 01/15/14

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And next, tonight, we were amazed by this story off the virginia coast today. The piloter an f-18 fighter falling into the ocean. And miraculously, a fishing boat is there to save him. Here's abc's pierre thomas. Reporter: This navy pilot is being raced to the hospital tonight, after narrowly averting death. He was flying an f-18 supersonic jet, 15 miles off the coast of virginia beach, likely soaring 30,000 feet over the ocean. Something goes terribly wrong. He pulls the emergency ejector lever in his cockpit. It's a very, very violent occurrence. Reporter: The plane's canopy blows off. And the pilot, attached to his seat, ejected. You see the force in this training video. And as he plummets, his parachute deploys. His seat detaches as he falls into the atlantic ocean. Cold kills very quickly. The cold water is every aviators' problem when they have to eject or go go into the water in the wintertime. Reporter: Some would say by luck or god's grace, a fishing vessel is nearby. He plucks him out of the motion, just five minutes after ejection. He's in critical condition, but so far alive. Erre thomas, abc news, washington.

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