A helicopter made an emergency landing Wednesday morning in Atlantic Ocean off Gilgo Beach, with rescuers safely transporting two people ashore. It was unclear what caused the splashdown about a half-mile south of the Long Island beach around 10:30 Am on a sunny July morning.

But Suffolk County police described the incident as “a controlled water landing,” with pilot and lone passenger brought back to land by a police Marine Bureau craft. Both escaped the watery landing without injury, and Coast Guard responded to remove the stranded helicopter. Photos from the scene showed a rescue helicopter and two small boats circling the red helicopter as it bobbed in the water on its pontoons.

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