Earlier today, it was reported that a 24-year-old Jersey City man fell into the Hudson River off Hoboken’s Sinatra Park on Sunday while reportedly trying to retrieve a soccer ball. Thanks to the fast action of the Hoboken Police Department and Hoboken Fire Department, the young man is okay. Here are more details on what happened:
Chief Ferrante tweeted today about the rescue, shouting out the first responders who saved the day:
Teamwork saves a life tonight. @HobokenPD @HobokenFire @FollowStevens PD & @jcmcems ! Detectives Globke & L. Rodriguez with waterbag & lifeline save. Also assisting, Sgts. @W_Collins_ & Zeszotarski who did an awesome job supervising the scene, Dets. A. Colon & @Ryan_Houghton_ https://t.co/IHxn6vz1Uz
— Chief Ken Ferrante (@KenFerrante) August 31, 2020
According to an original report by Tap Into, Hoboken Police Detectives Rodriguez and Globke were dispatched to Sinatra Park on the report of a person in the river around on Sunday evening around 7:00PM.
A reader sent us a photo of the crowd already assembled around the area where the man fell in right near the soccer field.
The detectives attempted to locate the male and also get their lifesaving water bag — which contains a rope can help bring a drowning person to safety.
A witness saw the victim try to retrieve a soccer ball, and they were able to point out the location he was in the water. Sgt. Zeszotarski and Officer Bullock set a perimeter, according to Tap Into, in an effort to control the growing crowd and provide space to the detectives, who feared he was stuck beneath the walkway.
Luckily, according to the Chief, the victim could grab the life raft water bag —and was able to be pulled onto the boat ramp in front of Blue Eyes.
Hoboken Fire Department Rescue 1 Unit, under the command of Battalion Chief Joe Turner, assisted him out of the water. The victim was then transported to the hospital for precautionary measures, and shortly after, released. He noted to responders that he had just swallowed a lot of river water.
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