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Father, son rescued after floatplane ditches in Pacific Ocean


A father and son are safe after being rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter when their amphibious Cessna 185 lost engine power off the California coast on Sunday. The men were flying the Skywagon from southern California to British Columbia for a fishing trip and were only about two hours into the flight when the engine abruptly quit. They landed on the water about a mile from shore, but heavy swells estimated at 8 feet popped the doors off their hinges as the plane hit the water. The men waited in the plane for about two hours before a Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived. Photos of the rescue show the plane listing with one wing in the water and one pontoon submerged; the son said the plane sank as he was being hoisted into the helicopter.