Coast Guard rescues 2 after small plane crashes into Juneau waters

Juneau plane crash

JUNEAU — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from Douglas Island in Juneau on Tuesday after their plane crashed in the water.

The two survivors were the only people aboard the privately owned aircraft, the Coast Guard said. They were stable condition.

The two swam to Douglas Island after their plane crashed 100 feet from shore.

People aboard an Alaska Seaplanes aircraft spotted them, landed on the water nearby and provided first aid.

The Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish arrived with a small-boat crew that transferred the two to an Alaska Wildlife Troopers boat for transport to paramedics.

The plane remained in the water and was sinking late Tuesday. Coast Guard responders were working on a salvage plan with the plane’s owners.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.