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Coast Guard rescues downed pilot near Everglades

A pilot, standing on the wing of his downed single-engine plane, was rescued by Coast Guard crews Monday near Everglades National Park.

The pilot, identified as Daniel Lawrence, had left Marathon Airport Monday morning en route to Sarasota Airport when he started to feel a vibration in the engine, then the plane lost power, according to a Coast Guard news release.

Lawrence landed the plane near the national park.

Meanwhile, search-and-rescue coordinators at the Coast Guard 7th District in Miami got word of the downed plane from Miami Missions Air Traffic Control Center.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew headed out to look for a plane. Lawrence was spotted and taken to the Coast Guard Air Station in Miami, where he was listed in stable condition.

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