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Police Escorting Humpback Whale Pull Bridge Jumper From Hudson

Westchester County Police Marine 2 patrol boat.
Westchester County Police Marine 2 patrol boat. Photo Credit: Westchester County Police

Update, Saturday, 11 a.m.

The man pulled by Westchester County Police from the Hudson River after jumping from the George Washington Bridge has been identified as a registered sex offender from New Rochelle. For more on that aspect of that story, click here.

Original report, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Officers from the Westchester County Police Marine Unit, who were diverting a wayward whale back toward New York Harbor, pulled a man from the Hudson River late Friday after he jumped from George Washington Bridge.

The man, who was brought by the marine unit to Edgewater Marina, was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m. at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

Detective C.J. Westbrook and Officer Wilberto Saez had been working with other marine units during the day to safeguard a humpback whale that had headed up the Hudson River, according to Kieran O'Leary, public information officer for Westchester County Police.

The county police's Marine 2 patrol boat stayed with the whale when it turned back south at the Bronx-Westchester border on Friday afternoon. The officers were keeping a visual watch and providing a safety zone around the whale so it would not be struck by another vessel as it headed back down the Hudson River, O'Leary said.

As Marine 2 approached the George Washington Bridge at 5:22 p.m., the two officers observed the man leap from the span and plummet to the river below.

They located him quickly, pulling him aboard the patrol boat before he could slip beneath the surface. The man was in cardiac arrest and the officers began to perform CPR.

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