Two teens escape drowning after chasing volleyball into Hudson River

New York Daily News Incident 1 week ago

Police rescued two teens Saturday who dove into the Hudson River to retrieve a volleyball.

An NYPD Harbor Unit soon picked up the two teens and their volleyball, which the cops named Wilson, after the volleyball that was Tom Hanks’ sailing buddy in “Castaway.”

The 18- and 19-year-old victims were playing volleyball by the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City about 11:30 a.m. when the ball sailed into the water.

The teens jumped in after it — but they didn’t consider the river’s strong current and undertow.

NYPD Harbor Unit officers arrived in minutes, tossed out life rings to the desperate swimmers, and pulled them to safety.

“The crew of Harbor Charlie pulled the uninjured men & “Wilson” from the water and safely transported them to a nearby pier. #Castaway,” NYPD Special Ops Chief Harry Weiden tweeted Saturday.
“The crew of Harbor Charlie pulled the uninjured men & “Wilson” from the water and safely transported them to a nearby pier. #Castaway,” NYPD Special Ops Chief Harry Weiden tweeted Saturday. (NYPD/DCPI)

“The crew of Harbor Charlie pulled the uninjured men & “Wilson” from the water and safely transported them to a nearby pier. #Castaway,” NYPD Special Ops Chief Harry Weiden tweeted Saturday.

The teen swimmers not hurt, said cops — but they must have been wet.


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