2 rescued after small plane crashes off Calif.

Two people on board a small plane that crashed and sank off the California coast have been rescued.

The Coast Guard says it received a distress call Sunday from the single-engine Cessna that went down about 38 nautical miles northwest of Morro Bay, in central California.

Rescuers from a San Francisco-based Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the pair from the water. FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the aircraft sank after the rescue.

Petty Officer Rachel says the two people were taken to Paso Robles, where they declined medical attention.

Polish says the aircraft was heading to Canada when the engine stalled. Aircraft from other agencies helped find the plane, which had gotten caught in a kelp field and overturned.