Pilot rescued after plane makes emergency landing in Florida Keys

Orlando man's injuries not life-threatening, Monroe County Sheriff's Office says
Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Trevor Pike takes Adam Joseph Barney in a boat to paramedics after his small plane crashed 13 miles off the Lower Keys on Sunday. Aug. 13, 2013.
Posted at 5:35 PM, Aug 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-13 18:04:53-04

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. — A pilot from Orlando was rescued Sunday after he made an emergency landing in the water 13 miles from the lower Florida Keys.

At 10:18 a.m., Monroe County Sheriff's Office responded to a plane down. Adam Barney, 40, was pulled from the water approximately 3 miles off Sawyer Key.

Deputy Trevor Pike took Barney in a boat to paramedics at Venture Out Resort on Cudjoe Key.

No life-threatening injuries were reported and he was the only person aboard.

He was flying a Commander 500, a light twin-engine aircraft built from 1951-1986.

Monroe County Fire Chief Jim Callahan told WPLG that Barney reportedly radioed the tower in Key West that the aircraft was having engine failure.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also responded to the incident.