MORRO BAY (CBS SF) — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from the Bay Area rescued two people from a downed airplane off the Monterey County coast Sunday afternoon.

The plane, a Cessna, sent out a mayday call shortly after 3 p.m. from an area approximately 38 nautical miles northwest of Morro Bay, Calif., according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard responded with an MH-65 helicopter rescue crew from Air Station San Francisco, another helicopter crew from Los Angeles and rescue boat crews from stations in Monterey and Morro Bay.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

The Cessna was located quickly because the plane’s owner had a Personal Locator Beacon that had been registered with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

“That was instrumental in getting us on the scene quickly,” said Ed Skinner, 11th Coast Guard District search and rescue controller.

The plane was overturned and partially submerged when the Coast Guard arrived on the scene.

The San Francisco helicopter crew was able to rescue the two people from the plane. They were taken to Paso Robles, where they declined medical attention.


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