Police officers pulled a man out of the Hudson River in the West 70’s on Monday night as he attempted to swim away from them.
It took several rescue workers to get the man to come out of the water, said Marianne Hettinger, who witnessed the scene and sent us the photo and video.
“A young man dressed in shorts, who was swimming in the Hudson in Riverside park and 72nd street at 6:45pm refused to be taken in by police, frog men who tried to rescue him by land and via boats- he swam away until finally around 8 men subdued,” Hettinger wrote. “Don’t know what preceded this but he was fighting them. A lot of brave first responders risked injury by diving into the Hudson.”
The man even tried to scramble up the rocks to get away from the rescue workers, as seen in the cropped photo below.
“It took a bunch of men to get him onto the police boat. On the picture you see he tried to climb up on the rocks and get away from them,” she wrote.
Capt. Timothy Malin of the 20th precinct told us the man was not charged with any crime — it’s legal to swim in the Hudson — but had been acting erratically and clearly needed help. Malin said the incident occurred closer to 79th Street.
“The removal of his clothing while on shore combined with his statements to officers indicated that he was clearly emotionally disturbed, and he was merely removed for medical attention,” he wrote.
“In fact, a family member commended our 20th Precinct first responders for linking him with the needed medical attention.”