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Duxbury Fire Dept.

55-year-old Rehoboth man escaped injury — and was rescued by neighbors in canoes — when his Cessna crashed into an icy Halifax lake around noon on Saturday.

The Piper PA-28 crashed into East Monponsett Lake, also known as East Lake. Pilot Michael Lupo climbed out of the plane and stood on top of the the sinking aircraft. He was rescued by local residents who paddled 100 yards toward the wreck. Once ashore, Lupo, who was the sole occupant, declined medical treatment, said Halifax Fire Chief Jason Viveiros.

The Duxbury Fire Department assisted with its spill containment trailer, and members of dive teams from Duxbury, Abington, Kingston and Hingham also responded. Thin ice and cold weather initially hindered fire crews from reaching the submerged aircraft, officials said.