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Pilot rescued after plane crash off Block Island

July 24, 2012
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WESTERLY, R.I.—A pilot was rescued off Block Island after being forced to ditch a small plane that was towing a banner with a marriage proposal.

The Coast Guard says the pilot was found at about 4 p.m. Monday by a good Samaritan about 3 miles south of Ninigret Pond.

Boats had been searching the area after the man radioed his 8-year-old son just after 3 p.m. saying he had lost power and was going down.

U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Controller John Harland told The Westerly Sun the boy helped them pinpoint his father's location.

Authorities say the pilot, whose name was not released, was not seriously injured.

The Day of New London reports the plane was owned by Simmons Aviation, which has a division called Banner Tow-USA.

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