The Royal Bahamas Defence Force received a call earlier this afternoon from Air Traffic Control advising of a DC3 plane that had crashed in waters approximately 2 and a half miles off the western end of the Lynden Pindling International Airport, New Providence shortly after 4:00 pm.
Vessels from the Coral Harbour Base as well as the Harbour Patrol Unit, Police Maritime Unit and BASRA were immediately dispatched to investigate. Patrol craft P-126 Coxswained by Petty Officer Everette Rolle found two life-jacket clad males, both Florida residents, in the vicinity of the crash floating in waters over 300-ft. in depth.
They rescued the men who were conscious, but obviously shaken up. They also recovered some of the items littering the waters from the downed aircraft and brought the two men safely to Coral Harbour Base. They were seen by Force Medical Personnel and taken to hospital in RBDF Ambulance for further medical examination. Representatives from Civil Aviation, the Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department, the Royal Bahamas Police Force were also present. Investigations are ongoing.