My brother John and I were headed out to Carrizo Plain in his Carbon Cub aircraft when we experienced loss of oil pressure and the engine stopped on Jan. 16.
He put in a call to the San Luis Obispo air control tower, and we gave our tentative position. We then banked out of the mountains and glided into the reeds lining the bank of the Cuyama River off Highway 166. Within 10 minutes, we had crawled out, and a spotter plane circled and located our position.
We were met by a representative from the Los Padres National Forest, who radioed in our location and condition.
Numerous emergency vehicles came to our assistance. Among them were those from the CHP, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Paramedics checked us over; others called our friends to let them know we were fine.
I wish to commend those who came to our assistance. They showed compassion and caring, as well as extreme competence.
It was amazing to me to see how quickly and completely all the county agencies responded to our distress call. Both John and I appreciate everything you did for us.