Plane Towing "Will You Marry Me?" Banner Crashes Off RI

By: CBS (Posted by Carissa Fox)
By: CBS (Posted by Carissa Fox)
 A romantic gesture went awry off the coast of Rhode Island Monday when a plane towing a "Will You Marry Me" crashed into the water.

In this image provided by the US Navy the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas heads to sea in Souda Bay, Crete with a load of humanitarian assistance supplies for the Republic of Georgia Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. The United States has canceled plans to try to dock the military ship carrying humanitarian aid in the Georgian port of Poti, where Russian forces are posted on the outskirts, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said Wednesday Aug. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/US Navy - Paul Farley)

(CBS News) BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. - A romantic gesture went awry off the coast of Rhode Island Monday when a plane towing a "Will You Marry Me" crashed into the water.

CBS Boston affiliate WBZ reported that the Coast Guard rushed to rescue the pilot, the only one on board the plane, at around 4:10 p.m. ET after receiving a radio transmission

A Coast Guard spokesman told CBS News an unidentified Good Samaritan on a boat also went to the aid of the pilot, who is unharmed, and picked him out of the water.

The pilot's 8-year-old son played a role in the rescue, as well. He was communicating with his father via radio when the Coast Guard received the mayday call.

"We're happy that the pilot is okay," said Ross Ruddell, Coast Guard public affairs specialist in Boston.

The plane, a Piper aircraft, had gone down between Block Island and Westerly around 3 p.m. ET.

No word on whether he or she said yes.


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