Published: Jun 04, 2011 7:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 04, 2011 7:56 PM EDT

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - A seaplane made a hard landing in a creek near Cape Canaveral after its engine malfunctioned during takeoff.
Authorities say the plane took off Friday afternoon from Merritt Island Airport. Seconds later, its engine lost power and the pilot ditched the Comp Air 4 into the shallow waterway.
Brevard County Fire-Rescue Lt. Jeff Taylor says a passing boater picked up the pilot, who only suffered scrapes and bruises. No passengers were on board.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
The wreckage was scheduled to be towed to shore Saturday.