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The NYPD Harbor Unit saved a stranded 19-year-old who was injured and suffering from hypothermia in Coney Island’s waters Saturday.

The marine unit responded after a 7pm 911 call for a drowning man. They found the man stuck on a cluster of rocks approximately 600 feet away from the sands. With four foot waves violently crashing into the rocks, the man was unable to get off the jetty by himself.

Fortunately, three officers with a combined 34 years of experience were there to help. Officer Peter Jessnick pulled the boat in close despite the rough waters. Officers Dianna Belioni and Thomas Carrol called out to the man and threw him a life ring.

Once the distressed swimmer got the ring, officers were able to pull him aboard and treated him for hypothermia.

They brought him to Kingsborough Community College, where the FDNY has a dock and marine base. EMS took him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia and bruising to his body, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Remember that breaking news story we did two days ago about the FDNY rescuing a man in the water near Kingsborough Community College? Looks like he voluntarily entered the water in an attempt to evade the cops, according to Your Jewish News.

Twenty-year-old Steve Fishman was allegedly in the process of breaking into cars around 1 p.m. on the school campus when he jumped in the water to evade arrest. He must’ve forgotten that it’s the middle of January and soon after he began to suffer from hypothermia, which is what happens when you jump into the water in winter time.


Firefighters jumped into the water while Fishman shouted “Are you the police? Are you a cop?”

“He must have been in the water for a while. His heart rate began to fall,” a firefighter said. “A few more seconds and he could have gone under,” he said.

On top of almost dying, Fishman was charged with theft, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.

We hope, if the charges are true, the court throws the book at him for endangering the safety of New York’s Bravest.

We’ve received word that the FDNY has pulled a distraught person from the waters off of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) in Manhattan Beach.

According to the NYC Fire Wire Facebook page, the call came over the radio at approximately 1:00 p.m., saying that school security has confirmed a person was in the water.

FDNY headed out to the scene, with Sheepshead Bay’s Engine 246 arriving first. Rescues 2 and 5 showed up, as well as marine units.

The incident was on the ocean side of the school. He was rescued and is now in EMS care.

We have reached out to the FDNY for additional information.

UPDATE (2:07 p.m.): FDNY got back to us with lightning speed. They’ve confirmed that they received a call at 12:55 p.m. for a person drowning in the waters off Kingsborough. Two firefighters swam out to him and pulled him to safety. The rescue took about 30 minutes, and the victim was transported to Coney Island Hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition. The FDNY spokesperson could not say how the victim got into the water.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.


Police scanner reports indicate that a drowning victim has been pulled from the waters of Sheepshead Bay on Emmons Avenue near Nostrand Avenue.

The reports indicate the incident happened shortly before 3:45 p.m.

The victim has been pulled from the water, and CPR is being performed by first responders. FDNY is on the scene.

We are heading out to the scene now.


This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Following yesterday’s dramatic rescue of a construction worker who had been buried up to his chest in dirt and debris, the Department of Buildings has slapped the contractor with a slew of violations.

The FDNY rescued the 33-year-old construction worker, who has not been identified, after a trench he was excavating in the rear yard of 2407 East 23rd Street collapsed on him, burying him up to his chest and making it difficult for him to breathe. After a 30-minute multi-agency rescue operation, the man was freed from the dirt and taken to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries.

The Department of Buildings told Sheepshead Bites that they have issued a stop work order at the location, and have also ordered the contractor, Mike Mermelshtayn of Alex and Tom Construction (2537 East 65th Street) to fill and secure the two 8-foot-long, 10-foot-deep trenches they’ve dug.

The Department also issued violations for failure to provide protection at an excavation site, failure to safeguard persons or property, failure to file plans for excavation work, and failure to provide proper fencing at the job site. The department did not answer an inquiry about the penalties imposed as part of the violations.

Department of Buildings records indicate that the landlord was converting the ground level unit of the multi-family home into a commercial location, with plans to extend the first and second floors towards the rear. There were no complaints registered against the construction until the collapse.


The FDNY rescued a construction worker buried up to his chest in debris after a trench he was digging in the backyard of an East 23rd Street home collapsed on him.

For details, photos and video, keep reading.

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In a press release this morning from Councilman Michael Nelson restating that his office is temporarily co-locating with State Senator David Storobin, the pol revealed that, like many of us, he too ignored evacuation orders and chose to stay in his office (1605 Voorhies Avenue) and take calls. Here’s what the release said:

On the night of the storm, the Councilman recognized the importance of his personal presence in areas of his district facing danger in order to arrange last minute evacuations and to be available to meet with emergency personnel on the scene so that everything necessary could be done for the safety and wellbeing of his constituents. Unexpectedly the Councilman’s office building located a few blocks from the bay suddenly lost power and started to flood. Nelson became trapped in his District Office at the time of the storm surge. Flooding occurred in the building’s basement, lobby, and elevator shaft and reached the 3rd step leading to the Councilmember’s first floor office. In addition, his vehicle on the street was heavily damaged. Later that evening, a little after midnight, his Chief of Operations, Chaim Deutsch rescued him.

Deutsch is also the founder of the Flatbush Shomrim, and it was actually Shomrim volunteers who risked their lives drudging through the mucky waters to save Nelson. Kudos to them for their selflessness.

Nelson actually told us about the late-night, mid-hurricane rescue mission earlier this week. We asked what he was thinking by returning to his office.

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A 7-year-old girl was saved by a New York City bus driver on Monday, after she lost her balance and plunged from the third story of a building in Coney Island.

The girl, Kayla, squeezed herself out of her family’s apartment at the Coney Island Public Housing Complex, and onto an air conditioning unit at about 2:10 p.m., policemen and witnesses told the Daily News.

She then began to dance and sing outside, while on the unit. A video posted by the Daily News shows that she lost control and fell after swinging one of her feet around the air-conditioning unit. Fortunately, her savior, Steve St. Bernard, 52, was nearby, and quickly ran and caught her in his arms.

“Please let me catch her, please let me catch her,” St. Bernard remembered thinking as she fell. “That’s all I could say. Let me catch the little baby,” he told NBC 4 New York.

St. Bernard was on his way home from work and headed to his own 7-year-old daughter when he stopped and saw Kayla on the air unit, said

A witness told the Daily News that the girls head hit a small bush after St. Bernard was knocked to the ground when he caught Kayla. Fire Department officials said that both were taken to Coney Island Hospital after the incident, according to

The Daily News said that St. Bernard was treated for a ripped tendon in his left bicep, and was then released from the hospital.

Kayla only suffered from minor injuries and is feeling fine.

“She’s fine,” said her mother, Shaleema McCree, to the New York Post. “Not a scratch on her. The man caught her, thank God. It’s a miracle.”

McCree told the Post that she had taken a younger son to the bathroom when Kayla, who is a small-framed autistic girl, pushed her way through the window.


Ever seen a helicopter land on Brighton Beach? Like, actually on the beach? If not, watch the above video, because then you can say you have!

According to a Fox report, two people were stranded in the waters off Brighton Beach on Saturday. NYPD choppers arrived at the scene and plucked one of them – a 46-year-old woman – out of the waters using a basket. Police divers helped the other person – the woman’s 21-year-old son – swim to shore. They were both taken to the hospital but are expected to be fine.

Anyone have any information on how they got all the way out there? Did you witness the incident? Let us know!


Stuart Fries, a Manhattan Beach resident and Sheepshead Bites reader, was boating yesterday morning, when he and his mates struck upon a fisherman who had been tossed overboard in the Rockaway Inlet. Too heavy to be lifted into the boat, this is his story – and photos – of how they rescued the man with the help of the Coast Guard, NYPD and others.

I was fishing on a friend’s boat in Rockaway Inlet near the Roundhouse and Buoy #10. At about 9:00 a.m., we see a 26-foot open boat, with someone in the water holding on to the back of the boat’s exhaust pipe, and there is no one on the boat. He yells to us, and we head over to him.

He is not in danger at the moment, and we were puzzled as to what happened. He had caught what apparently was a large striped bass and was fighting the fish on one side of the boat. Another boat came racing by, and the wave knocked him overboard – together with rod, reel and fish in the water that he had been fighting.

We had no ladder on our boat, and while we had several rope lines that we tried to make loops and a ladder for him to get him up on to our boat, he was about 250 lbs., and impossible to lift him into our boat.

Find out what happened to the boater, and view more photos

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