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U.S. Coast Guard officers rescued four people from the Atchafalaya River about 17 miles south of Patterson after they performed an emergency landing in their airplane Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The Coast Guard's Eighth District command center received notification around 5 p.m. that a twin-engine plane traveling from Slidell to Patterson was getting low on fuel, according to a news release Tuesday evening from the Coast Guard. 

The pilot shut down the plane's engines to conserve fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing. 

The four passengers were rescued by helicopter, according to the release. Only one suffered a minor injury to the arm. 

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