ST. PETERSBURG (CBSMiami/AP) – A 61-year-old St. Petersburg man, after crashing his plane into the bay, swam away from the wreck and made it out alive with a bump on his head and a cut on his chin.

Thomas Beaman, according to St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue, went down in his Cessna 150 in Boca Ciega Bay Friday afternoon.

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Beaman reportedly realized that something was wrong with his plane. He tried to return to Albert Whitted Airport but couldn’t make it.

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After landing in the bay, Beaman swam away from the wreck. A nearby boater saw him and took him to safety.

Officials say Beaman declined medical treatment but appeared to have a bump on his head and a cut on his chin.

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