The U.S. Coast Guard responded Wednesday afternoon at Meadow Island in the Jones Beach Inlet to a privately-owned helicopter that landed in shallow water in what authorities said was a controlled landing. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A privately-owned helicopter landed in shallow water in Jones Beach Inlet Wednesday afternoon in what authorities said was a controlled landing.

Police said the pilot, who was the only person onboard, guided the craft down into marshland at about 4:15 p.m. and suffered only minor injuries

Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Sheehy said Coast Guard station Jones Beach responded to the incident.

"The helicopter landed in about a foot of water over at Meadow Island," Sheehy said. "The pilot was transported to EMS just for some check ups."

She said an investigation will be conducted by either the state or the Coast Guard.

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