A man was rescued by deputies and federal agents from a plane that was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tampa Marine Unit alongside Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit were conducting joint operations offshore Cedar Key, Florida on November 9, 2021.
While underway, an aircraft was spotted floating in the water approximately half a mile from the George T. Lewis Airport.
As agents and deputies approached the sinking plane, an individual was spotted climbing out and standing on the fuselage. Agents verified the pilot was the only occupant and were able to assist him onboard an AMO Coastal Interceptor Vessel.
Agents conducted an initial medical assessment of the pilot and contacted other entities for further assistance. Local Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene to conduct a more thorough evaluation of the individual.
“The situational awareness and quick actions of the Marine Interdiction Agents and Sheriff’s Deputies prevented a possible human tragedy,” said Michael Matthies, Deputy Director of Marine Operations. “We are thankful we have the proper resources and trained personnel to perform when incidents like this present themselves.”
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