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Coast Guard rescues four from downed plane near Patterson

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St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

The Coast Guard reports that they rescued four people from the Atchafalaya River approximately 17 nautical miles south of Patterson, Tuesday afternoon.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center say they received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration at 4:59 p.m. that a Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane traveling from Slidell, Lousiana, to Patterson with four people on board was low on fuel.

According to a release, the airplane pilot shut down the engines to conserve fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing. A rescue group from New Orleans was dispatched shortly after. It was later determined that the plane made an emergency landing in Bayou Chene in Terrebonne Parish.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office assisted with the rescue in a standby capacity during the rescue Tuesday evening. 

The aircrew hoisted the occupants and transported them to Perry's Flying Center in Patterson, Louisiana.

One person suffered a minor injury to the arm.

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