2 Indiana Interns Take Part In NYC Plane Crash Rescues

Megan Soultz, Matthew Nance Humbled By Experience

Two DePauw University students were directly involved in the water rescue of 155 passengers and crew from a US Airways plane that went down in New York City Thursday.

Megan Soultz and Matthew Nance are interning with the New York City Fire Department and were dispatched with hundreds of emergency responders to the Hudson River immediately after the crash.

Soultz and Nance helped passengers deal with hypothermia and cold conditions after the dramatic rescues.

"Initially, we had no idea what to expect," Soultz said. "Our first emotion was really just shock that something like this was happening."

"It's very humbling -- this large, catastrophic event -- I guess, to be a part of it," Nance said. "I think I just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

The students are training to become emergency medical technicians and hope their experience during the ordeal will help them in the medical field.

The plane's pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, also has ties to Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University with a master's degree in industrial psychology.

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