The NYPD Harbor and Aviation Units staged a rescue by helicopter to save a man having a heart attack on a barge just south of Breezy Point yesterday afternoon. This morning the NYPD released dramatic videos of the operation:
Police say the U.S. Coast Guard contacted them around 1:34 p.m. about a man who was "suffering from chest pains on board the dredge barge Super Chief, which was approximately 1.63 miles due south of Breezy Point in the area of the 100 Precinct."
The NYPD Harbor Unit responded to help an on-board paramedic give CPR to a 47-old-man in cardiac arrest. At 1:50 p.m., police say that "Air Sea Rescue Helicopter 22 arrived overhead the vessel and lowered a rescue basket with a NYPD Scuba Team member inside. The officer continued CPR immediately and continuously as the male was hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Staten Island University Hospital South."
The video above shows Det. John Mortimer being lowered onto the barge, and the one below shows him doing CPR on the man, while being pulled back up:
The helicopter landed at 2:05 p.m. and the man is in critical but stable condition. The police noted the team involved: Det. Erin Egan (Pilot); Det. Christopher Maher (Co-Pilot); Det. John Mortimer (Scuba)(Lowered in basket); Det. Brian Mullen (Scuba); and Det. Tom Diaz (Crew Chief).