Miami-Dade firefighters released new video of a risky rescue out of the Everglades, when a small plane had to make an emergency landing and flipped over in the swamp.

The crash happened Tuesday in far southwestern Miami-Dade County, about nine miles from the closest road.

That meant Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had to send its helicopter to rescue the two victims, who, fortunately, weren’t seriously hurt.

Rescuers lowered a seat from the helicopter in order to retrieve the pilot and passenger.

It’s a maneuver firefighters say they only do a few times per year and something that must be done with precision.

“That process is all about precision. And a lot of that comes between the dialogue between the hoist operator and the pilot,” MDFR Lt. Jason Vanbuskirk said. “So they’re in constant communication to move the aircraft over that position. The pilot is blind, is going off the hoist operator’s cadence and voice to (position them) over the aircraft.”

Firefighters said the pilot and passenger, who were taken back to Tamiami Airport, were quite happy to be out of the Everglades.

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