Hudson River

An aspiring poet from Bay Ridge died yesterday after he jumped into the Hudson River near Christopher Street. Dennis Kim was 22, and died trying to retrieve his bookbag, apparently containing a book of him poems and a copy of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. After he jumped in, he swam out thirty feet into the river and managed to get the bag, but was overcome by the current as he tried to make it back to the pier. The Daily News has the whole heartbreaking story.

This isn't the first time someone has drowned or nearly drowned trying to retrieve something that fell into the Hudson. Both the Hudson and East Rivers have extremely strong currents, and can look deceptively calm from the outside. Never, ever, ever go in, for any reason-- even your life's work isn't worth dying for.