FDNY Crew Rescues 'Basically Naked' Swimmer in Frigid Hudson River

NY Daily News - December 03, 2017


A determined FDNY rescue crew saved a crazed swimmer from the freezing Hudson River on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The first responders motored out into the waters near W. 12th St. in the West Village around 2:30 p.m., said Lt. Christopher Fallon.

The swimmer, a man in his mid-30s, was “basically naked,” Fallon said.

An FDNY rescue diver plunged into the water but the man resisted, Fallon said.

“He didn't want to be rescued, " Fallon recalled.

It took the whole crew to haul him aboard their fire boat, authorities said.

They tried to keep the man warm as they brought him to shore, where medics took over and rushed the man to Bellevue Hospital.

The icy waters, estimated to be in the 40s, called for quick moves, Fallon said.

“We knew he couldn’t go under,” he explained. “We had to act fast