Lifeguards from the Los Angeles harbor area rescued a flight instructor and his student from the ocean today, after they parachuted to safety from a stalled plane. The single-engine aerobatic plane crashed in the ocean about two miles from shore and sank.
The Coast Guard says the plane took off from Long Beach Municipal Airport and the instructor had been demonstrating stalls, when he was unable to restart the engine. The two men on the plane parachuted from an altitude of about two-thousand-feet, about two miles from shore. A lifeguard boat was dispatched after a caller reported seeing the plane crash. The boat reached the two men in the cold ocean water about 14 minutes later.
The two men were treading water, supported by one life vest. They received treatment for hypothermia, and the pilot´s broken ankle suffered while exiting the stalled plane.