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Two rescued by Coast Guard after plane goes down

One of the survivors from Cape

April 20, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

YANKEETOWN, Fla. - The Coast Guard rescued two people Wednesday after their plane crashed in the water near Yankeetown.

Rescued were a 19-year-old male from Longwood, who piloted the plane, and an 18-year-old female from Cape Coral.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received notification at 8:48 p.m. from Levy County dispatch stating a single-engine plane carrying two people had crashed near the end of County Road 40 Boat Ramp. The Federal Aviation Administration reported the plane was experiencing engine problems before it crashed.

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U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard crew members from Station Yankeetown, Fla., are shown at the station with two plane crash survivors in front of the station's 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water, Wednesday, April 19. The boat crew used the SPC-SW when the two people's single-engine plane crashed near Yankeetown.

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown was launched and arrived on scene at 9:21 p.m. The boat crew reported two people were on top of the plane in approximately 2 feet of water. The boat crew rescued the two people and transported them to Coast Guard Station Yankeetown where EMS was waiting.

No injuries were reported.

The two people were headed to the Orlando Sanford International Airport from Cedar Key when they crashed. The FAA is lead on the investigation.

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Source: U.S. Coast Guard

 
 

 

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