Coast Guard Responds to Downed Cessna Aircraft near Miami Beach, Fla.

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MIAMI — Coast Guard and local authorities are responding to a Cessna aircraft that crashed, Saturday, approximately 200 yards from Miami Beach, Florida.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Miami received a call from the Miami Beach Police Department at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday, reporting a down aircraft with one person aboard approximately 200 yards from 45th Street and Collins Ave in Miami Beach.

Responding assets are:

  • Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 45-foot Response boat – Medium.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.
  • Miami Beach Police Department.
  • City of Miami Beach Ocean Rescue.

“The Coast Guard’s priority was to get to the scene to assist as safely and quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Campbell, a watchstander at Sector Miami Command Center.

The pilot of the aircraft was rescued by Ocean Rescue crewmembers and transported to awaiting emergency medical services in stable condition.

The plane has been reported as fully submerged and Coast Guard crews are continuing to work all response efforts and mitigation of pollution.

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