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Plane Takes Unfortunate Detour in Bahamas

All 3 people aboard are rescued by fishermen after crash
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2019 2:45 PM CDT
The downed plane is seen on the ocean floor in this aerial view.   (US Coast Guard)

(Newser) – A fishing crew plying the waters in the Bahamas made an unexpected discovery—a raft with three plane crash survivors. It seems the three men were in a Piper PA-34 en route to Miami when the small plane went down in the ocean about 20 miles off Bimini, reports ABC News. The men were floating in a yellow inflatable raft when the fishing crew happened upon them. "We pulled up to them, asked what was up, and they were like, 'We just scratched our airplane like an hour ago,'" says Tim Hampson.

The fishing boat brought the unidentified men to Cat Cay in the Bahamas, and all were uninjured. Authorities in the Bahamas were investigating the cause of the crash, and the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were assisting, per the AP. The US Coast Guard tweeted an aerial video showing the downed plane on the ocean floor. (Read more rescue stories.)

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