Pilot of downed aircraft found safe

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI— Bahamian marine officials located the missing pilot of the downed Cessna aircraft in the vicinity of Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas.

Search-and-rescue coordinators at the Coast Guard Seventh District command center in Miami received the report of a downed aircraft at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from Flight Service Station (FSS) Washington D.C. Reports to the Coast Guard indicated the aircraft was in the water with one pilot, Jefferson Freitas.

Freitas reportedly departed Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at approximately 8 a.m., Tuesday and was en route Exuma International Airport when he missed the runway and performed an emergency landing into the water in the vicinity of Lee Stocking Island.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), launched and assisted in the search for the pilot.

The following agencies assisted in the search:

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

Crewmembers from Bahamian Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA)

Crewmembers from Royal Bahamian Defence Force (RBDF).

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