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A doctor and his adult daughter were safe Saturday after the doctor piloting his Cirrus SR22 single-engine prop plane landed in the ocean near the Bahamas. The successful deployment of the plane's parachute and the pilot's quick thinking are credited for the safe landing. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Pilot, daughter describe their surreal descent into ocean in Cirrus plane

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Elaine McGlaughlin described Saturday as "one of the most exhilarating days of my life."

It was because she had just dodged death.


Hours earlier, she and her father, Richard, had splashed down into the ocean near the Bahamas after deploying the parachute on their Cirrus SR22 single-engine prop plane.

They had no other choice.

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