Coast Guard chopper makes emergency landing on golf course

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter had to make an emergency landing on the grounds of New York golf course because of smoke and fumes in the cockpit. No injuries were reported.

The craft landed on the course at Richmond County Country Club on Staten Island around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque says the helicopter had four people in it. They had come up from Atlantic City to monitor an oil spill in Bayonne, New Jersey. A tugboat struck a pier Saturday; officials quickly secured and contained the leak, but It wasn’t clear Sunday how many gallons of oil entered the water.

She said the helicopter was being examined to determine the cause of the problem.

A call to the country club was not returned.

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