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Small plane crashes into water

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A small plane crashed in the water off the coast of St. Petersburg, injuring the two people onboard.

It happened around noon. According to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, 74-year-old Rodney Tyoe and his passenger, 55-year-old Gina Zimmerman had just taken off from Tierra Verde and were about 100 feet in the air when they encountered strong winds.

Tyoe said he brought the ultralight aircraft down to about 30 feet, and that's when wind flipped the aircraft. The plane went tail-first into the water.

A man fishing nearby saw the crash and pulled Tyoe and Zimmerman from the water. Rescue crews then got them from the boat.

Zimmerman was taken from the scene in an ambulance. Tyoe had cuts and bleeding, but was able to walk away from the scene.

"We're in good shape, just hit the water a little hard, that's what happened," Tyoe said to reporters.

This was the second rescue in two days for the boater who pulled Tyoe and Zimmerman from the water. Just yesterday, Gus Hertz also helped pull a man from the water who drove over a seawall in St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Fire Rescue says they will present Hertz with an award later this year.

Steve Nichols will have more details at 5 & 6.

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