Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
8th District Public
Guard rescues 4 from downed airplane
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued four people from the Atchafalaya River
approximately 17 nautical miles south of Patterson, Louisiana, Tuesday.
Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center 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.
The airplane pilot shut down the engines to conserve fuel and was forced to
make an emergency landing.
Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast
Guard Air Station New Orleans.
The Air Station New Orleans aircrew hoisted the survivors and transported
them to Perry’s Flying Center in Patterson, Louisiana.
One person suffered a minor injury to the arm.