Police officers rescue teen with autism from water in Gravesend

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GRAVESEND, Brooklyn — A teenager with autism was rescued from the water Saturday afternoon by police after he was reported missing in Brooklyn.

Police responded to a call around 2 p.m., for a report of a missing child with autism from P.S. 721 at 64 Avenue X in Gravesend.

As police began canvassing the area for the non-verbal 14-year-old, they received a call for a naked man running on the beach near West 12 Street.

The officers witnessed the teen get out of the water, completely nude, and then run back in.

After making verbal attempts to get the teen back to shore were ignored, the officers decided to go in after him. The officers removed their gun belts, uniform shirts and shoes to pull the teen to safety from the water.

The teen was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he is being evaluated.