"Max Impact: A Story of Survival" is the true story about Jonathan Godfrey who awoke submerged in 38-degree water, strapped to his seat, at the bottom of the Potomac River after surviving one of U.S. history's most notable fatal helicopter crashes. It was January 10, 2005, at approximately 11:13 p.m., flight nurse Jonathan Godfrey became the sole survivor of the LifeEvac 2 helicopter crash that plummeted from 200 feet, with a maximum impact from the force of speeds in the excess of 140 miles per hour into the ice-cold waters of the Potomac River.
The deadly crash triggered a full-scale rescue response and panic in the world's most restricted airspace -- Washington, D.C. With some good ole fashioned "cowboy-ass shit," a series of coincidences, multiple equipment and communication failures, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia emergency responders worked together to save Godfrey's life and recover his lost comrades.
The crash resulted in the loss of pilot Joseph Schaffer and paramedic Nicole Kielar, but Godfrey made it his life's mission to ensure their lives weren't lost in vain. Godfrey climbed back into the helicopter a year after the crash returning to his life-saving flight community.