2012-10-05 / Community

Newly Sworn In EMT Responds To Call


Thomas Mink after being sworn in as an FDNY-EMT on Monday. Hours later, while celebrating with family, he jumped into Jamaica Bay to rescue two women in distress. Thomas Mink after being sworn in as an FDNY-EMT on Monday. Hours later, while celebrating with family, he jumped into Jamaica Bay to rescue two women in distress. Hours after being sworn in as an FDNY EMT, a lifelong Rockaway Beach resident got a head start on his career when he voluntarily jumped into Jamaica Bay to rescue two jet skiers in distress while celebrating his graduation with family on Monday.

Thomas Mink, 26, was out celebrating his graduation with his family at the Bungalow Bar at the foot of the Cross Bay Bridge when he noticed two female jet skiers had fallen and were in need of some immediate help.

Mink was eating his lunch when he ran down the pier and called out to the girls who were frantically holding onto each other. Mink quickly disrobed and jumped in. The strong rip current had pulled the girls away from the Jet Ski so they were left stranded in the middle of the bay. While the girls continued to be carried away by the current, Mink swam to the Jet Ski, which was some distance out, found the emergency start and picked up one of the girls, while another Jet Ski that was finally dispatched from the neighboring rental company picked up the other.

The girls, who were very shaken up, were rescued and brought safely back due to the selfless and heroic act of Mink who was quick

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