Divers rescue jumper, good Samaritan from East River

Jim Dolan spoke with the good Samaritan who tried to rescue a woman in the river.

Mark Crudele, Eyewitness News
Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:32PM
LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — A woman who jumped into the East River naked was fished out during an hour-long search and rescue. It all came to an end when officers pulled her from under a dark Lower East Side pier.

The woman, in her 20s, jumped into the water under the Williamsburg Bridge just before 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

Good Samaritan Norman Pope, of the Lower East Side was “just passing by” and went in to rescue her. He said he quickly swam to shore.

“I’m looking around, I don’t see anyone, so I just jumped, tried to save her, and that didn’t work out too (well),” Pope told Eyewitness News.

Meanwhile, a phalanx of NYPD and FDNY first responders quickly flooded the area, searching for the woman.

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