Ferdinand Puentes loretta fuddy crash plane crash hawaii gopro video
Fuentes snapped this photo of himself awaiting rescue. (Courtesy of Ferdinand Puentes)

Survivor Records Plane Crash On His GoPro

New footage released

Ferdinand Puentes loretta fuddy crash plane crash hawaii gopro video

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ABC News has obtained new footage taken from inside the cabin of the Cessna aircraft that crashed off the coast of Hawaii last month, killing state health director Loretta Fuddy. Passenger Ferdinand Puentes, 39, was on board and used his GoPro camera to capture the other passengers bracing for impact.

After the plane strikes the water, the cabin can be seen quickly filling with water. “It just bit into me like am I dreaming,” Puentes says. “Steel-toed boots, heavy work jeans, and long sleeve shirt. It was hard and exhausting to swim with all that.”

“The water was rough,” passenger Rosa Key told ABC affiliate KITV. “The pilot was trying to get everybody together but it was kind of impossible because of the waves.”

It was during the wait for rescue that Puentes took the incredible selfie above.

The plane departed from Molokai for Honolulu with nine people on December 11. Fuddy was the only fatality. The rest of the passengers were rescued by the Coast Guard an hour after the crash.  

Check out the footage below.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Courtesy of Ferdinand Puentes