Woman nearly drowns
Yufeng Yan, in an attempt to get a “better view” of the NY skyline, fell into the Hudson yesterday afternoon.
Here’s the NJ.com story, as well as a Hoboken411 readers witness recount.
My wife was walking along the water just after 1pm today when she noticed a sizable amount of emergency personnel gathering near the partially collapsed Stevens parking lot and the roped-off fishing area by the gazebo. It turns out the emergency crews were responding to a report of a person in the water. The responders, from various agencies like police, fire, volunteer emt’s, professional emt’s, and even something called “marine rescue” must have numbered more than a dozen. One would think they might have a plan for something like this but the they pretty much stood there along side my wife and a number of other concerned witnesses. About 15 minutes went by before an NYPD Harbor patrol boat came by and pulled the woman from the water. She appeared to be unconscious when brought to shore and it’s unclear if she had survived her time in the water.
Now it may have been too late to save this woman’s life by the time the “rescue” crews arrived at the scene- but one might expect first responders working in a town that is flanked on one side by a major river to have some sort of water rescue training. If they do have that training why did they just stand around and watch until NYC rolled up? One of the “marine” crews was even carrying a life-jacket.
Could he could have jumped in with a tether and maybe turned the woman over so she could breathe, assuming she was still alive? She couldn’t have been more than 30-yards from the shoreline. I know that certain parts of the Hudson have dangerous currents but when the NYPD showed up two officers jumped right in (appeared to be free of a
tether) and pulled her to the shore.
I should qualify this note with the fact that I don’t have any emergency rescue experience…but I do have common sense.
A concerned resident of Hoboken