NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Officers from the Westchester County Police Department’s Marine Unit were helping a wayward humpback whale on Friday evening when they saw a man jump from the George Washington Bridge, police said.

The officers were escorting the whale, that swam up the Hudson River, back toward New York Harbor shortly before 5:30 p.m.

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As the officers watched the whale, they saw a man jump from the bridge and fall into the river below, police said.

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The officers were able to pull him aboard the patrol boat and perform CPR.

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The man suffered cardiac arrest and was taken to a New Jersey hospital.