Nightly News   |  January 23, 2012

Atkins family saved at sea

Good Samaritans risked their lives to save a Texas family visiting an island near Honduras. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie reports.

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>>> finally the story of a sight-seeing trip that went terribly wrong for a texas family visiting an island near honduras and the amazing stroke of luck that came just in the nick of time . this was how it was supposed to be. texas lawyer and any adkins took the same sea plane on a sight-seeing tour just two months ago. but returning last week with his wife jenny and 4-year-old son logan along for the ride, something went terribly wrong. the plane's engine failed.

>> crashed into the ocean and flipped over. we're stuck under water.

>> reporter: larry was on a nearby boat and witnessed the crash.

>> the timing was impeccable. we were just at the right place at the rice time, less than two minutes till we were on the scene and in the water.

>> reporter: only moments before, the plane's pilot helped andy get to the surface. but at first there was no sign of his wife or son.

>> i dove back under looking for them. i just came up and i had logan in my arms. by the time i got to the surface, jenny was also at the surface with the pilot holding her.

>> reporter: then another remarkable break. a second tourist boat arrived. it happened to have two doctors onboard. one a u.s. navy physician. they immediately began caring for the victims.

>> i'm not sure what the outcome would have been without those doctors. i shoulder to think.

>> reporter: the family spent days in a hospital before returning home to texas thursday night.

>> it reaffirms your faith in people and humanity that so many people stepped in to help that didn't have to.

>> reporter: we are happy to say the family is home safe