Woman and man rescued from East River

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MANHATTAN — A woman and man were rescued from the East River early Thursday.

Officials search for a woman in the East River on Aug. 2, 2018. (AIR11)

Reports of a drowning in the East River near the Manhattan Bridge were made around 5:30 a.m., FDNY officials said.

In a press briefing on Thursday, police said they believed the man was not with the woman and was "passing by" when he noticed the woman in the water and jumped in to save her. When police arrived to the scene, the man was already out of the water.

Police searched the water for 45 minutes before they made contact with the woman, a police spokesperson said.

When officials made contact with the woman, police said she was "very despondent," and had no desire to come out of the water.

After refusing to get out, two officers got into the water and pulled the woman onto a safety boat.

She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


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