Firefighters Make BP Jetty Rescue
An unidentified man, who had slipped from the Breezy Point Jetty and was in dire danger of drowning, was pulled from the waters around the rocks by firefighters manning a department boat on Wednesday, October 17.
Eyewitnesses say that the man, who may have been fishing and didn’t notice the rocks being covered by the incoming tide, was holding on to the rocks and had removed all of his clothing in an attempt to swim to safety.
The first unit to respond to a call to the 911 emergency system was the fire department’s Marine Company 3 manned by firefighters Mike Fazio and Paul Patras. They inched into an area where several bystanders were standing.
With waves of three to four feet and the surf breaking into the rocks, the approach to the rocks was dangerous, officials say. The firefighters saw the man in the water and got within ten feet of the jetty when they threw him a life ring.
The 54-year-old man got his arm through the ring and the fire boat gently pulled him away from the rocks.
The man was so exhausted, officials say, so that the two firefighters had to help him into the boat.
He was semi-conscious and the two treated him for hypothermia, rushing him to Riis Landing, where the boat was met by an ambulance from the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department. He was then transported to Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, where he was reportedly treated overnight and then released.