3rd Rescue of the Day

18 Year Old Jumps From Queensboro Bridge and Lives

Updated 2 weeks ago David Stone
An NYC Ferry like the one shown here earlier in May rescued a bridge jumper on Thursday off Roosevelt Island.
An NYC Ferry like the one shown here earlier in May rescued a bridge jumper on Thursday off Roosevelt Island.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Thursday was a busy day for water rescues around Manhattan. The third - and second in the East River - happened when a teenager, unnamed so far, dropped 130 feet from Queensboro Bridge near Roosevelt Island at 1:30 in the afternoon. He survived.

Near sunrise on a foggy morning, a woman attempting suicide was pulled from the East River near 23rd Street and transported to Bellevue. By midday, a man was rescued from the Hudson near 159th Street, circumstances unknown.

Then, in a video he posted on Twitter from Roosevelt Island, Orlando Cardozo said, “You see this bridge right here? Someone just tried to jump off it. Actually, not try. He jumped.”

No reason has given by police or FDNY to explain why the young man made the jump.

Cardozo was walking dogs near the NYC Ferry landing when he caught sight of someone falling. He called 911 and tried signaling a nearby ferry. Whether the ferry operator saw him or the actual fall, the boat turned around and managed to pull the 18 year old out of the water.

He was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at the landing and taken to NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The story was first reported in the New York Post.

The Daily thanks reader Sylvan Klein for the tip.

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