Seven people are alive and well after being plucked from the icy waters of the Bering Sea. August Friday the 13th 1993 at 7:26 p.m. Nome Flight Service received word that a plane was out of fuel and had declared an emergency and was approximately two miles west of the southwest corner of Sledge Island, about 13 miles off the coast and 20 miles west of Nome. At 7:31 the twin engine Piper Navaho owned by Missionary Aviation and Repair Center crashed into the water. In less than 30 seconds all passengers and the pilot were into the water. The plane sank almost immediately. The passengers were in the 45°-50° Fahrenheit water for about an hour, using empty fuel cans for flotation.