US Coast Guard rescues a Man after a Plane Crash

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued one man off the coast of Bay Harbor Islands Friday afternoon and is reportedly searching for a second occupant after a small Cessna plane crash landed 13 miles offshore.

The dramatic helicopter rescue, captured on local TV footage, showed crews hoisting a man out of the water.

About 12:30 p.m., the Coast Guard said that its crews were working the scene with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Police, as well as with commercial salvage crews.


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Guard Chief Crystal Kneen confirmed that a crew was responding to the crash site Friday afternoon but did not know how many occupants were in the plane or the condition of the rescued man.

Miami-Dade Police notified watch standers with Coast Guard Sector Miami of a possible downed two-engine Cessna plane with two people reportedly aboard, the Coast Guard said in a statement.


The CoastGuard sent a rescue helicopter and a 45-foot boat to the scene. The helicopter crew transferred the rescued passenger to emergency medical services at Air Station Miami.


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