LOS ANGELES – One of two fliers rescued from a sinking float plane off California's central coast has described their harrowing landing and rescue.
Thirty-six-year-old Stanford Shaw says he and his 77-year-old father, Stanley, were flying from Southern California to British Columbia on Sunday when the single engine of their Cessna 185 lost power.
Shaw says the pontoon plane landed on 8-foot seas, bouncing twice before belly-flopping.
The plane's emergency beacon alerted rescuers to their location a mile offshore.
A California Highway Patrol plane circled overhead until a Coast Guard helicopter arrived and rescued first the father and then the son. Shaw says the plane sank after he was hoisted off the pontoon.