A Queens man who jumped off of a booze cruise into Flushing Bay early this morning and was pulled back on to the boat by the crew died shortly afterwards, according to police.
A police spokesman said the NYPD responded to a radio call about a male in the water off the coast of Rikers Island at about 2:10 a.m. on Sunday morning. When they arrived on the scene, officers found a 56-year-old man unconscious and unresponsive on the Skyline Princess. The man was taken by the harbor unit to a nearby NYPD pier and then rushed by EMS to Flushing Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The spokesman said that before police arrived, the man jumped a railing and slid down the side of the boat into the water. The boat's crew threw him a life preserver, but he ignored it and grabbed on to the ship's exhaust, which caused burns to his hands and his chest. Once he was pulled back on to the ship, he became combative and was handcuffed by the boat's security. Police found him facedown and unresponsive when they arrived, and after moving him on to the harbor unit boat, officers attempted to revive the man with CPR.
The medical examiner is still determining the cause of the man's death and the police investigation into the incident is continuing. Gothamist has reached out to Skyline Cruises for comment and will update if we hear back.