He both has numerous nerve — or no nerve endings.
A hero FDNY medic jumped into the freezing Hudson River Saturday afternoon to save lots of a unstable man who escaped an space hospital and jumped into the arctic waters.
Paramedic Niall O’Shaughnessy and his companion Mingze Wu have been driving up the West Aspect Freeway in Decrease Manhattan at 2:50 p.m. once they noticed a gaggle of cops close to the river’s edge at Harrison and West Sts.
When the pair pulled over, they came upon a affected person wandered out of Decrease Manhattan hospital and tried to commit suicide within the Hudson.
“(The cops) had put down a life ring and was making an attempt to tug him up however he was beginning to slip off the life ring,” O’Shaughnessy stated.
Regardless of the 24-degree temperature and the sunshine snow falling, the daring life saver took off his gear belt, grabbed a flotation gadget from his truck, gritted his tooth and jumped in after the person.
“I swam behind him and locked my arms round him to maintain him safe,” O’Shaughnessy stated in a lilting Irish brogue. “My associate and firefighters from Engine 10 started pulling us up.”
Then the chilly set in, he stated.
“Inside about 30 seconds, I might undoubtedly really feel it in my legs and arms,” he recalled. “They weren’t actually working. I couldn’t barely get my hand across the ladder that they had despatched down.”
The person he was rescuing was doing far worse.
“He was torpid and undoubtedly hypothermic,” O’Shaughnessy stated. “He was having hassle forming phrases.”
Because of arriving NYPD and FDNY harbor boats, first responders have been capable of pull each the affected person and O’Shaughnessy to security.
The paramedic, an 11-year veteran of the FDNY, was taken to Decrease Manhattan Hospital for a “heat up,” he stated.
“I’m OK,” he added. “I’m doing good now.”
The person he saved was taken to Bellevue Hospital, the place he was listed in secure situation.
O’Shaughnessy shrugged off the save — however his EMS colleagues referred to as him a “true hero.”
“It takes braveness to do what Niall did as we speak, putting his life on the road to save lots of others,” stated Oren Barzilay, president of EMS Native 2507. “He is a real product of FDNY EMS, the most effective EMTs and paramedics.”
This isn’t the primary time O’Shaughnessy leaped into the Hudson to save lots of a life.
In 2015, he hopped into the river after a suicidal lady close to Pier 25 in Tribeca — however that was in July.
Saturday’s bone chilling expertise hasn’t warmed O’Shaughnessy as much as the thought of becoming a member of the Polar Bears of their annual New Yr’s Day dip within the Atlantic Ocean.
“After as we speak, that’s a particular no,” he stated, laughing. “I knew the water was going to be chilly, however I didn’t assume it was going to be that chilly.”