Good Samaritan rescues 3 after small plane crashes into ocean near Florida Keys

The U.S. Coast Guard shared this photo of a small plane crash on Wednesday off of the Florida Keys. (USCG)

MARATHON, Fla. – A Cessna 210 aircraft crashed into the ocean on Wednesday about 10 miles north of the Florida Keys.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Marathon crew arrived after a good Samaritan rescued three people from the downed aircraft north of the Marathon International Airport.

“Thank you to the good Samaritan for arriving on scene and recovering the three survivors,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Altieri, a duty watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Key West. “Their quick response undoubtedly played a tremendous role in this rescue.”

The Coat Guard’s 33-foot Special Purpose Craft boat crew took the plane’s aircrew, who suffered minor injuries, ashore for emergency medical service. A commercial salvage company retrieved the submerged aircraft.


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