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Sea Plane Capsizes Near Sausalito, Passengers Unharmed

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Screen shot of a video of a sea plane about to capsize on Richardson Bay near Sausalito on July 1, 2011. (CBS)

Screen shot of a video of a sea plane about to capsize on Richardson Bay near Sausalito on July 1, 2011. (CBS)

SAUSALITO (CBS SF) — A sea plane carrying two people capsized in Richardson Bay near Sausalito Friday night after it was hit by a wave while attempting to take off from the water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The man and woman aboard the plane were rescued unharmed by a good Samaritan vessel, the Elixir, and the Sausalito Police Department, the Coast Guard said.

Pollution response crews with the Coast Guard are investigating a potential pollution threat posed by the capsized plane.

Station Golden Gate launched a 25-foot response boat to assess the scene, and pollution responders from Sector San Francisco’s incident management division are involved in the ongoing investigation.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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