A 65-year-old man was forced to ditch his airplane in the Pacific Ocean when he ran out of fuel en route to Hawaii from California. The man had notified authorities that he expected to run out of fuel about 35 miles short of his Hilo destination.
The U.S. Coast Guard released footage of the rescue and said the pilot had to ditch the plane on Friday night 13 miles off the coast of Hilo.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson spokeswoman for the Coast Guard told CNN that the man was flying for delivery a Cessna 310 twin-engine aircraft when he radioed federal aviation authorities that he was 500 miles out and low on fuel.
The Coast Guard then quickly deployed rescue crews on board a C-130 Hercules and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to help the pilot land safely. The pilot was rescued without injury.
The pilot ditched his airplane at approximately 5:23 p.m. and climbed out of the cockpit onto the wing, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
In the video the Coast Guard released on Saturday viewers can see the small aircraft sliding along the water before stopping. Rescuers then pulled the man from the small airplane.
He was reported to be coherent with no significant injuries, the Coast Guard's statement said.