One man is recovering in the hospital after crash landing his plane in the waters of the Padre Island National Seashore, halfway between Baffin Bay and Port Mansfield, Tuesday afternoon.

The man was flying a small cessna airplane when he reported an emergency in flight. A nearby U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued the man and transported him to Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. From there he was taken to a hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.