Coast Guard rescues Navy pilot from jet crash off coast of Key West

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KEY WEST - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a U.S. Navy Reserve pilot from a jet crash approximately 20 miles off the coast of Key West on Wednesday.

In a news release, the Coast Guard said they were notified around 1 p.m. that a Navy F-5N pilot was in the water and in need of assistance.

A MH-54 Dolphin helicopter crew and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew were dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Miami  to conduct a search.

They arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m. and spotted an emergency smoke signal from the pilot in the water.

The pilot was hoisted from the water and taken to Lower Keys Medical Center in good condition.


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