Plane towing "Will You Marry Me?" banner crashes off RI

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(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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