Published: Jul 27, 2011 8:38 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2011 7:38 PM EDT

HARBOR BEACH, Mich. (AP) - A New York pilot whose small plane crashed in Lake Huron says he swam and treaded water for more than 17 hours until people on a boat saw him waving a sock off Michigan's eastern coast.
Michael Trapp spoke by phone to WWNY-TV in Watertown, N.Y., after his rescue Wednesday.
The 42-year-old Trapp says he shed his pants after the plane crash Tuesday and was wearing just socks, underwear and a T-shirt as he stayed afloat in Lake Huron without a life jacket.
The Gouverneur, N.Y., man says he's not physically fit at 5 feet 10 inches and 200 pounds. But he says he fought to survive because "there's a lot of people that depend on me."
Trapp says several boats didn't see him before he was finally rescued.

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