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Woman pulled from Hudson River ALIVE after 2 hour search

Posted: 11:03 AM, Aug 21, 2013
Updated: 2013-08-21 11:03:08-04

(PIX11) – A woman is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the Hudson River.

She was discovered missing from an anchored boat by her husband who called 911 at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. After 2 hours lost in the darkened river, first responders located her.

Haverstraw Fire Chief Al Lynch told PIX11, “They heard a faint yelling in the river and sent units over to that area and that’s where they located her.”  Lynch said, “Thank God she was wearing a life jacket. It was like finding a needle in a haystack.”

The unidentified woman was located about 300 yards off shore near Tilcon Quarry according to Lynch.  She had been boating with her husband and her 10-year-old son between Stony Point and the lower part of Haverstraw. The husband told police he and his son went inside the boats cabin to watch a movie and when they came out she was gone. That’s when they called 911.

Police say the woman went for a swim. Rockland Sheriff’s Department officer Paul Bauer told PIX11, “The swim ladder on the boat was down, she was found with a life jacket on, we think the current just pushed her away and she couldn’t get back to the boat.”

The woman was taken to Nyack Hospital to be evaluated.