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Fishermen save drowning man by hooking sweater

Fishermen Save Drowning Man By Hooking Sweater

According to WNBC, officials say a 66-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, fell off the Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn, New York, into the Jamaica Bay Saturday afternoon.

The fishermen quickly cast a line, hooked his sweater and managed to keep his head afloat.

A witness identified the two men as Frankie and Ray, telling the New York Post that "hey couldn't pull him out of the water, but they kept him from going under. If they didn't use the hooks, he would have drowned. He was 230 pounds and the current would have taken him out."

According to WCBS, "Once on the scene, firefighters jumped in, put a sling on the man to swim him to safety aboard an NYPD boat. You can see here in this video the man being pulled out of the water on a stretcher as a crowd watches."

An NYPD detective told New York Daily News the man initially wasn't breathing and had started turning blue. He started to improve after receiving oxygen.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was last listed in critical condition.

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muffin April 28 2014 at 5:32 PM

Aol will not allow this comment. Imagine that.
hope the man recovers

BTW aol what kind of fishing POLLS did they use? Check your caption under story.

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frankc354 April 29 2014 at 4:26 AM

this could have been a story about the one that got away !! But , I guess you can say he was glad to be picked up by a couple of hookers !!

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groanup49 frankc354 April 29 2014 at 7:45 AM

LOL - thanks for the smile this morning!

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SirLeoLa April 29 2014 at 1:31 AM

;-) ;-)) ;-D BRAVo"O"o',~!!! for what seems like a rescue in just the right time I hope !!! & nice job you rescuers. !!! ;-{] r"R"r .,.

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ChingOW Mango April 29 2014 at 1:39 AM

Good story - and congratulations to Frankie and Ray and all the others involved in this rescue! Good job men! I hope the man they rescued is doing well and will survive.

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franksride23 April 28 2014 at 3:09 PM

Way to use your heads Frankie and Ray. Taking a leasure time accessory and repurposing on the "fly".You should recieve the same comodations the airliner pilot who landed his passengers, safely on the Hudson river. The pilot was trained, you guys however. Took your fishing skills and wow, did an amazing, heroic act.

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Janie April 28 2014 at 6:29 PM

Fast thinking on the part of Frankie and Ray. Way to go! This is one 'catch' that will be hard for them to beat...EVER!

Hope the poor man recovers completely!

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lmllpn April 28 2014 at 5:57 PM

How did an article about a man being rescued turn into a political debate?

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page114 April 29 2014 at 3:33 AM

When you ride the ferry you should always take an expert fisherman with a pole or a cowboy with a lassoo.

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falling rain April 29 2014 at 6:21 AM


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jjemder April 28 2014 at 6:15 PM

Hey, Frankie and Ray, nice f*****g job, youse guys! That's what makes America great! Youse saved dat guys f*****g life! Way to go!

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