ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard says a small plane crashed into the waters off Florida during takeoff, but the four people onboard are safe.

Petty Officer Michael De Nyse says the plane crashed into Tampa Bay on Friday morning shortly after taking off from Alfred Whitted Airport.

The spokesman says two people swam to shore while a nearby Coast Guard ship rescued the other two. He says no one was seriously hurt.