5 people rescued from seaplane in Cape Hatteras

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The Coast Guard rescued five people from a seaplane that made an emergency landing off Cape Hatteras on Saturday. 

The seaplane left Elizabeth City and was forced to make the emergency landing after striking an object during take-off, which damaged the plane’s front node. Everyone aboard the plane was wearing a life jacket at the time. 

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center were notified of the distressed plane Saturday afternoon by the International Emergency Response. 

The Coast Guard used the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System to divert the 754-foot Liberian bulk carrier, Polar Peru, and USS Mason to assist in the rescue.

A Coast Guard crew is scheduled to meet USS Mason on Monday morning to take the passengers to Mayport, Florida.

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