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Cops Risk Frigid Hudson Waters To Rescue Man

Cops Risk Frigid Hudson Waters To Rescue Man

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New York Daily News via YellowBrix

January 02, 2010

NEW YORK – Two cops plunged into the frigid Hudson River Thursday to rescue a man who dropped his coat in the water and fell in trying to fish it out.

Sapped of his strength by the numbing water, Eddie Morales, 29, was bobbing in the waves, perilously close to the jagged remnants of an old pier off W. 16th St.

“It was definitely a dangerous situation,” said Lt. Larry Serras of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit.

“He couldn’t lift himself out. He was hypothermic. He lost a lot of strength. He couldn’t hang on anymore.”

As Morales struggled to stay afloat, wet-suit-clad ESU Detectives Todd Sessa and William Hart arrived on the scene shortly before 2:30 p.m. – and jumped right in.

“You could tell how cold he was,” Sessa said. “He could barely talk.”

Morales had been in the water about five minutes – a dangerously long time given the water temperature.

Detective Steve Miller tossed Morales a life ring, but Morales could barely grab hold of it.

Sessa and Hart quickly pulled Morales, whose teeth were chattering, up and out.

“He was very happy to get out of the water,” Sessa said.

Morales, of Brooklyn, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, where he was listed in stable condition last night after being treated for hypothermia, police said.

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