A man is being heralded as a hero Sunday after saving an elderly woman from the waters below the Hell Gate Bridge.
The suicidal woman was spotted by two passersby in the strait of the East River that splits the Bronx and Queens just after 10:45 a.m, according to authorities.
One of the good Samaritans pulled the woman out, according to Timothy Petropoulos, who was out for a morning run when he spotted the commotion on the water.
“Is that a person?” the 30-year-old yelled down from Shore Boulevard.
The unnamed good Samaritan responded, “Yeah!” and quickly jumped in the water to save her before she reached the cross current, according to Petropoulos.
“Had it been several seconds later, she would have been in that spinning current… she would have been gone,” he told the Post.
But when the man managed to get her back on land, they didn’t think she’d make it.
“She’s gone, she’s gone,” Petropoulos recalled hearing someone say.
That’s when Petropoulos jumped into action.
The CPR-certified 30-year-old sprinted down to the waterfront to help.
“I couldn’t just stand idle, I got to get my butt down there,” he said.
Luckily, by the time he arrived, the elderly woman was on her side and she was coughing, Petropoulos said.
“Oh my god, thank god she’s alive,” someone said, according to Petropoulos.
Petropoulos posted about the incident on Facebook to give credit to the unnamed good Samaritan.
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