Coast Guard rescues 2 men after plane crash in Gulf

Source: US Coast Guard
Source: US Coast Guard

GULF OF MEXICO (WAFB) - The US Coast Guard said two men were rescued after their airplane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The crash happened about 28 miles east of South Pass Thursday.

Officials said Theodore Wright and Raymond Fosdick, both of Baytown, TX, were safely pulled from the water by a Coast Guard helicopter.

A spot beacon from the pair's Beechcraft 55 Baron notified emergency responders.

The flight was headed from Baytown to Sarasota, FL when it went down.

The crew on a US Customs and Border protection plane saw the men in the water and contacted the Coast Guard helicopter.

Fosdick was taken to Ochsner Medical Center for treatment.

Wright declined medical attention. He had nothing but praise for their rescuers.

"Those guys were complete professionals and definitely knew what they were doing," said Wright. "We were very happy when we saw them arrive."

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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