New York’s Finest Save Two Men Who Fell Into Jamaica Bay
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD has released video showing the aftermath of the rescue after two men fell out of a kayak into the frigid Jamaica Bay on Saturday.
After getting a 911 call around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the NYPD’s Air Sea Rescue sent up a Bell 412 helicopter to search for the men.
Two NYPD divers on the helicopter – Det. Brian Singer and Police Officer Marian Kopystianskyj – were able to grab the 32-year-old kayaker and bring him to Floyd Bennett Field.
An ambulance met the divers and transported the kayakers to Kings County Hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia, police said.
Watch The Rescue:
At the same time, another NYPD detective responded to the 911 call.
Emergency Services Unit Det. John Kenny saw the second kayaker, also a 32-year-old man, swimming to an anchored boat.
Kenny quickly put on his wetsuit, jumped in and swam 200 yards to the boat where the second kayaker was also suffering from hypothermia, police said.
The kayaker was taken to Jamaica Hospital and Kenny was taken to Lutheran Hospital where they were both treated for hypothermia.
Both kayakers plus Det. Kenny are listed in stable condition, according to police.
Water temperatures around New York Harbor are currently around 40 degrees.