Cops Saved East River Jumper at South Street this Week
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Photo: The Villager
Shortly before noon this past Tuesday, a woman purported to be in her forties, jumped into the East River from the esplanade at South Street and Pike Slip.
NYPD told The Villager that the woman was all but dead when pulled from the frigid waters. However, officers from the Harbor Unit quickly responded and performed CPR that ultimately saved her life. The jumper was brought to Bellevue Hospital, and is reportedly in stable condition.
East Village artist squatter Fly gave her eyewitness account of the incident to the weekly paper:
She was right under the Manhattan Bridge and she was on the outside of the railing. There was another woman there, and I thought they were doing some kind of photo shoot. But as I walked up, I realized something was wrong and the woman was trying to get her to come back over and saying, ‘Don’t do it.’
The girl was yelling something and she put her hands up and yelled something up to the sky. I was just not close enough to get to her. She jumped too fast.
I was desperately calling 911 and hoping she would come back to the wall and I could make a rope out of my clothes to pull her up. But instead she rolled over facedown and just lay there, drifting north and out into the river.
It took about five minutes for EMTs to arrive, but they couldn’t get out to where she was. She had drifted very far out. If only the tide had kept her by the wall! They had a hook! The Fire Department took a bit longer. She was in there about 10 minutes when a police boat arrived to pull her out, DOA. It was awful.