was departing from the Thompson River base for Goose Lake with 4 people on board, when the pilot aborted his takeoff. The a/c taxied back to the dock, but as it did so, the left float began to sink. Some bystanders nearby assisted the pilot in pulling C-FFXO
up on the shore. A large amount of floating debris in the river had been reported earlier, but the pilot said that this was not related to the abort or the problem with the float. UPDATE The pilot had attempted a takeoff from the water base at Thompson with 3 passengers, but rejected the takeoff. He taxied back to the dock, off-loaded some baggage and attempted to take off again, but rejected that takeoff as well. The pilot taxied to the dock and some people nearby saw that the left float was sinking and advised the occupants to get out of the a/c. The left wing, left float and part of the tail submerged, and the pilot and bystanders managed to pull the a/c to the shore, where it was lifted by a crane out of the water. Examination of the left float revealed three holes near the back. These were patched and the a/c was re-launched. There has been a large amount of floating debris in the Burntwood River associated with rising water levels, and it is possible this is connected to the damage to the float of the a/c.