A family vacation to New York City nearly ended in tragedy when a two year old girl slipped into the icy waters of the City’s East River. Fortunately, her quick thinking father reacted in time and the little girl was saved.
Californians David Anderson and his family were in New York on vacation. They decided to take a tour of the historical Peking, moored in the east river. While on board, Bridgette slipped and fell between the railings on the boat and plunged 25 feet into the 40 degree river below.
Eye witness Eric Stringer caught the action on video and described the events to ABC News. He called it the most dramatic thing he’d ever seen.
Others heard the splash and then a loud scream. David Anderson leapt into action, running down the gang plank of the ship. Stringer described the thundering sound of his footfalls on the metal gangway. Next he described Anderson stepping over the pier side railing, taking a moment to visually locate his daughter and then jumping feet first in to the chilly water. Stringer said it all happened in in one quick motion like something from a Superman movie.
When David first surfaced with his daughter, she was motionless. Eric said his heart stopped until he and the others heard her cry. Eric called the fact that the little girl came out of the water alive an instance of Divine Intervention or something similar.
The father held onto a rope someone tossed down, treading water and trying to hold his child out of the cold water as much as possible. After being pulled from the water, both were treated by paramedics called to the scene and both are doing fine. A vacation that could’ve ended in tragedy instead was a cause for celebration.