2009-05-01 / Top Stories

Addabbo Bridge Jumper Rescued By NYPD

Land Units Nearby, But Scuba Team Needed
By Howard Schwach

Police and fire units, drawn to the North Channel Bridge at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 for a call of a woman in the water, found a would-be suicide splashing around just off the shore in Jamaica Bay

Police quickly identified that the unidentified woman had jumped from the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge, formerly called the North Channel Bridge.

While the 29-year-old woman was within sight of police units on the shore, supervisors on the scene decided that she was too far out and probably too uncooperative to be brought in by those land units, and a police helicopter was called to the scene.

Aviation units from Floyd Bennett Field responded within minutes, and Scuba divers from the helicopter dropped into the water alongside the woman and pulled her to shore.

Police sources say that the woman was not cooperative with the police divers who attempted to rescue her from the cold waters of Jamaica Bay.

On-scene EMS officials declared the woman an emotionally disturbed person, and she was transported to the Jamaica Hospital Center just off the Van Wyck Expressway for psychiatric evaluation, where she reportedly remains at press time.

Police say that it is likely that no charges will be brought against the emotionally disturbed woman.

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