Pair rescued from plane crash off Bahamas

A dramatic rescue at sea as Coast Guard crews from Miami swept in to rescue two people whose small plane crashed off the Bahamas.

A small plane crashed about two miles west of the Bahamas on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. The pilot and passenger were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. (U.S. Coast Guard)

MIAMI (CBS News) -- A dramatic rescue at sea as Coast Guard crews from Miami swept in to rescue two people whose small plane crashed off the Bahamas.

CBS Station WFOR reports that the Coast Guard command center in Miami received word early Saturday afternoon from pilot 59-year-old Richard McGlaughlin that the single engine plane he and his passenger, 25-year old Elaine McGlaughlin, were in had developed engine trouble and were going down about two miles west of Andros, Bahamas.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft were launched and around 12:30 p.m. found the downed aircraft, along with the McGlaughlins in an inflatable raft.

The rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene at 12:58 p.m. and safely hoisted them onto the aircraft. They were transferred them to Odyssey Airport in Nassau, Bahamas.

The McGlaughlins, from Alabama, were not injured.

© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 136940343 - local8now.com/a?a=136940343
Gray Television, Inc.