The single-engine plane went down near the Coronado Bay Bridge, where boaters picked up its two occupants unharmed, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Michael Haas said in a news release.
"Thanks to the quick actions of boaters who were in the area, the two men were only in the water for minutes after making the emergency landing," Haas said. "Boaters took exactly the right actions, calling in the distress on Channel 16 and assisting the people in the water."
The Coast Guard, responding to a call at 4:22 p.m. PDT, dispatched a 45-foot vehicle and San Diego Harbor Police also responded to the scene. The Coast Guard transported the two people who had been onboard the plane to shore, where the men required no medical attention, Haas said.
Divers have located the plane, outside the shipping channel, and officials will work with commercial salvage companies to retrieve it.
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