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A California man and his son are lucky to be alive after their single-engine plane lost power and plunged into the ocean so hard that its doors broke off the hinges.
The 77-year-old pilot and his adult son had to sit in their aircraft in seas swelling with eight-foot waves and teeming with elephant seals for nearly two hours before a Coast Guard helicopter hoisted them to safety just as the pontoon plane sank.
Stanley Shaw and son Stanford Shaw, 36, were flying at 1,500 feet over the ocean on Sunday afternoon about five miles north of San Simeon when their aircraft lost power.
The two men were returning from an annual salmon fishing trip in Canada, when their 20-year-old Cessna 185 Skywagon started to experience problems.