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Police rescue two kayakers from Jamaica Bay

Police pull one of two kayakers onto an NYPD boat, Photo by Richard York
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JAMAICA BAY — A few of the city’s finest plunged into the icy waters of Jamaica Bay last Saturday to rescue two kayakers who fell overboard, according to the NYPD.

Upon receiving a 911 call at just after 3 p.m. indicating that two outdoorsmen were bobbing in the bay, the NYPD dispatched a helicopter carrying Detective Brian Singer and Officer Marian Kopystianskyj, police said.

The Breaking News Network reported that the kayakers were in the water near the A train bridge, which connects mainland Queens with the Rockaways.

The chopper located one of the kayakers, 32, and the two cops were deployed from the helicopter, police said. They retrieved the man from the water and took him to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD. The man was then rushed to King County Hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

At the same time as the rescue was taking place, Detective John Kenny rushed to the scene after hearing a distress call and saw the second kayaker, also 32, swimming to a boat anchored in the bay, according to cops.

Kenny threw on a wetsuit and jumped into the bay, swimming 200 yards to help the kayaker, according to police, who said that additional units then took both Kenny and the kayaker ashore, where they were taken to area hospitals to be treated for hypothermia, according to police.

Everyone involved was listed in stable condition Saturday night, according to the NYPD.

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