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A partially submerged plane in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cape Sable in Everglades National Park.

Small plane out of Fort Myers crashes on way to Keys; no injuries

Emergency workers and campers rescued four people after their plane crashed near the Everglades on Friday.

Campers helped rescue the four who were in a single-engine Piper Saratoga that crashed near Cape Sable, the southernmost point of the Florida mainland. The small plane had taken off from Page Field in Fort Myers and was headed for Marathon in the Florida Keys when it went down about a half-mile from shore in about 10 feet of water, according to the National Park Service.

No one was injured. The plane’s tail remained protruding from the water, so a warning was issued to boaters. No information was released about the possible cause of the crash.

“Not only did the quick response help rescue the survivors, but the four people wore their life jackets which helped save their lives as well,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Watson of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Author: Associated Press
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