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NYPD Rescues Naked Woman Who Jumped Into East River

August 02, 2018 - 7:11 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A naked woman who jumped into the East River early Thursday morning was rescued by the NYPD after a man had jumped into the water to try to save her.

Authorities first got a call about a man and a woman in the water near the Williamsburg Bridge around 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

The 21-year-old man had jumped into the river to save the woman, but lost sight of her after she went under the water. By the time emergency crews arrived on the scene, the man was already out of the water. Police said he did not know the woman, and was just "passing by" at the time.

Crews immediately started searching for the 20-year-old woman near the bridge and followed the current thinking that she might be swimming under the pier.

Although the river was calm, the woman made it nearly a mile from the bridge to Pier 36 near the Manhattan Bridge.

"She was very despondent and did not have any desire to come out of the water," Emergency Services Officer Vincent Fulgieri said. "We told her we were there to help. She had no interest in coming out."

Fulgieri and is partner Officer Robert McGee jumped into the water, got her safely onto a boat and later onto land where she was evaluated by EMS.

The woman was in the water for about an hour before she was pulled out.

Police said the woman was naked when she first jumped into the water. It is unclear why she jumped into the river.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Stay with WCBS 880 for more on this developing story...