Father and son rescued from sinking plane off California coast

Ruth Doherty


Father and son rescued from sinking plane off California coast
Father and son rescued from sinking plane off California coast

The plane crashed a mile away from Morro Bay, California: Rex


A father and his son were rescued from a sinking plane that crashed into the ocean off California's coast on Sunday.

The single-engine Cessna 185 was heading to Canada when the engine stalled, forcing the pilot to make and emergency landing in the sea, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

The Press Association reports that the Coastguard received a distress call at 3.06pm from the plane whose beacon alerted rescuers to the aircraft's location, about a mile offshore of Morro Bay.

Officer Rachel Polish said the beacon, which was hooked to an international satellite system that detects local distress calls, was key in the speedy rescue.

Ms Polish said that rescuers from a San Francisco-based Coastguard helicopter retrieved the pair, a man in his 70s and his son in his 30s, from the water.

The pair were taken to a hospital but reportedly declined medical attention.

Mr Kenitzer said the plane got caught in a kelp field in the water, and sank after the rescue.

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