As one of the first responders ( Miami Dade Fire/Rescue Eng. 9 ) on the scene that evening I recall upon arrival it truly was silent and very serene.
I myself heard little other than the engines of the couple of airboats which were near the scene when the plane crashed.
However as the terrible night progressed that tranquility gave way quickly to the noises of people crying out for help, and then of arriving helicopters from the news media , FAA, Coast Guard etc.as this was practically the only way for them to reach such a remote location in the glades.
Other than crash making an indelible mark in my memory, I have not thought about it much over the years that is until your article today.
The tribute to Mr. Marquis was great to see and well deserved as his airboat and maybe one or two others ( out frogging ) that night, enabled the earliest responders such as myself to gain quick access to the site, I myself rode out to the scene on one, maybe it was his.
Arthur Woosley Flagler Beach
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