Ferry Rescues Teen in Queensborough Bridge Plunge

Western Queens Gazette - June 07, 2018

by Western Queens Gazette

Ferry Rescues Teen In Queensborough Bridge Plunge A quick-thinking Roosevelt Island man is being applauded for helping save the life of a Queens teenager who jumped from the Queensborough Bridge on May 31.

Orlando Cardozo, 33, tweeted that he was walking dogs on Roosevelt Island at about 1:30 pm on May 31 when he saw the unidentified 18-year-old jump from the Queens side of the bridge to the waters below.

“You see this bridge right here? Someone just tried to jump off it,” Cardozo said in a video posted to his Twitter page. “Actually not try, he jumped,” Cardozo tweeted immediately after.

Cardozo spotted the teen in the water, dialed 911 and then waved to a passing city ferry.

It is unclear if the ferry operator saw Cardozo before he raced to rescue the teen, fire officials said.

“Glad he is alive and glad we were able to assist,” Cardozo said in a later tweet.

The ferry rescued the teen from waters near 59th Street in Manhattan and handed him over to a waiting EMS crew, fire officials said.

The teen was taken to New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, where he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, a fire spokesperson said.

Fire officials described the teen’s survival as a “pure miracle. He fell about 130 feet into the chilly water and managed to survive until the ferry pulled up,” FDNY officials said. “If that’s not a miracle, what is?” —Liz Goff