At 08:15 eastern time, a Cessna 172N ditched in the Atlantic Ocean 35 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., following a loss of engine power. All four occupants escaped without injury. The pilot said the flight departed the Bahamas and he climbed to a cruise altitude of 6,500 feet. About 30 minutes into the flight the pilot descended to 2,500 feet and, when he applied throttle to level off, there was no engine response. The pilot ditched the airplane near a commercial boat.