Good Samaritan, Police Rescue Woman from Water

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013  |  Updated 11:12 AM EDT
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Bridgeport police came to the rescue of a woman in the water.

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A Good Samaritan and two Bridgeport police officers are heroes after rescuing a 24-year-old woman on Monday from the frigid waters at the Captain’s Cove Seaport, according to police.

Officers Omar Jimenez and Daniel Gerardi responded to the area of 126 Yacht St. at 7:45 p.m. after someone reported a person was in or near the water and screaming.

When they arrived, they found a 50-year-old man near the water holding onto a nylon tow strap.

About 15 feet below, police saw a woman with the other end of the strap tied around her torso, police said.

Jimenez and Gerardi grabbed the strap and tried to pull the victim out of the water, but she began to slip from the strap.

Gerardi, acted quickly and was able to grab her belt. Together, they pulled her to safety.

The officers and EMS workers brought the woman to an ambulance and she was taken to Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, where she was treated for hypothermia and lacerations to her leg and arm.

The Good Samaritan told police he had been walking his dogs when he heard a person yelling, “Help, I can’t swim.”

It took him about eight minutes to find the woman in the water and throw her the strap, he told them.  Police have not released the man’s name.

It is not clear for how long the woman was in the water or how she wound up there.

Gerardi suffered a laceration to his left hand while rescuing the woman.

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