2 from Alabama rescued after splashdown in Bahamas

AP News
Posted: Jan 09, 2012 11:57 AM
2 from Alabama rescued after splashdown in Bahamas

The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of two Alabama residents whose single-engine plane splashed down in the Bahamas.

According to the Coast Guard, 59-year-old pilot Richard McGlaughlin and 25-year-old passenger Elaine McGlaughlin alerted authorities Saturday that their small plane was going down due to engine trouble.

Coast Guard crews found the McGlaughlins floating in an inflatable raft about 2 miles west of Andros Island, Bahamas. Pictures provided by the Coast Guard show their plane's tail and one wing sticking up out of the water, along with the plane's red-and-white parachute.

No injuries were reported.

The McGlaughlins are from Birmingham, Ala. They told WSVN-TV in Miami that they deployed the plane's parachute to soften their landing. The pair said they had been flying to Haiti for charity work.