A small helicopter carrying the son of WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon made an emergency crash landing into the waters off of Gilgo Beach, New York, Wednesday morning.
The FAA says the Robinson R-44 helicopter with two aboard landed on its pontoon skids about a half mile off the coast just before 10:30 AM. Neither Shane McMahon nor pilot Mario Regtien was injured.
"We heard some noise, and it became very clear to me that I could no longer continue flying the helicopter," Regtien said. "So I decided to do an autorotation landing in the water."
The FAA said Regtien sent out a mayday call just before landing in the water. A commercial flight headed into JFK Airport heard the call and radioed to the FAA.
Emergency responders, including two lifeguards, picked up the two and ferried them onto the shore. Both were wearing life jackets. NYPD Aviation and SCUBA units also responded and assisted in the rescue.