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New Square Hatzolah Rescues Bridge Jumper from Death

Since 2009, only one of 96 jumpers had survived the 200-foot plunge

Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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Volunteers from a Hasidic Jewish enclave in New York state helped rescue a 25-year-old woman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge.

Heshy Gottdiener, 36, and others from New Square were searching for the body of a 46-year-old man from their Rockland County village who had leaped from the bridge on Jan. 22 when they saw the woman jump on Tuesday,

The group, which had hired two boats and divers to look for the body of David Ahronowitz, called 911.

Scott Koen, who was at the helm of one of the boats, helped guide a New York Police Department helicopter to the vicinity of where the female jumper landed.

The woman had broken her legs and sustained significant trauma, but a Port Authority spokesman said that she was conscious at the hospital.

Koen, 58, a volunteer firefighter from Rutherford, New Jersey, was also involved in the “Miracle on the Hudson” rescue in 2009, helping passengers off the US Airways Flight 1549 with a dive ladder on the back of his boat.

Since 2009, only one of 96 jumpers had survived the 200-foot plunge off the bridge,

As to the continued search for Ahronowitz, Gottdiener said “We know a person has to be buried in order that the soul should rest in peace.”

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