Search suspended for missing pilot who made emergency water landing in Bahamas

Posted at 12:53 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 21:28:22-05

UPDATE- The US Coast Guard suspended their search at approximately 6 p.m. for the missing pilot who made an emergency landing in the water 18 miles northwest off Freeport, Bahamas.


MIAMI (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 57-year-old man after a small plane made an emergency water landing in the Bahamas.

In a statement late Thursday, Coast Guard officials said the pilot of the Cessna 210 airplane reported mechanical issues and said an emergency landing was needed near Freeport, Bahamas.

Officials said a good Samaritan seaplane rescued a 60-year-old woman from the water about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northwest of Freeport. A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the woman from the seaplane and flew her to a Freeport hospital for treatment.

Officials said a 57-year-old man remained missing. Coast Guard helicopter and cutter crews have launched a search.

No additional information about the two was immediately available.