POINT LOOKOUT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A helicopter landed in shallow water off Point Lookout on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The Bell 206B went down at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The 64-year-old pilot was the only person on board. Nassau County police said the helicopter made a controlled landing in three feet of water.

The Coast Guard says the visibility was poor at the time.

“It’s very thick fog,” Chief Petty Officer David Turner said. “It’s very difficult for them to operate in this kind of condition from the air. It’s hard from the surface as well, so we’ve got very limited visibility.”

He grounded his boat to rescue the pilot, who was taken to a nearby Coast Guard station.

He suffered a facial laceration, as well as back and rib pain, but he is expected to be OK.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to investigate.

A helicopter landed in the water at Point Lookout, N.Y. on Oct. 21, 2020. (credit: U.S. Coast Guard)


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