Coast Guard Rescues Plane Crash Victim

MIAMI – A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew hoisted a man to safety after his plane crashed into the ocean about 75 miles northwest of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Saturday afternoon.

Maurice Kirk, 62, a British national, was able to make a mayday call to the Federal Aviation Administration before crashing into the water. The FAA notified the Coast Guard and a helicopter was launched from Great Inagua, Bahamas.

While the Coast Guard helicopter crew was heading toward the last known location Kirk provided, the crew received a signal from an emergency position indicator radio beacon. The rescue crew was able to track and follow the signal and locate Kirk in the water.

The HH-60 Jayhawk crew safely hoisted Kirk into the helicopter and transferred him to emergency medical services at the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos.

Kirk left the Puerto Plata International Airport and was heading to Providenciales International Airport. The extent of Kirk’s injuries are not known at this time but he was in stable condition.

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