The Commercial Diver Network
Cops last night rescued a commercial diver who nearly drowned after he got entangled in equipment beneath Chelsea Piers, authorities said.
Lt. Larry Serras and Detective Robert Zajac of the Emergency Service Unit gave CPR to the 35-year-old unconscious diver moments after he was pulled from the Hudson at 5:41 p.m.
"I'm gonna live!" the grateful diver told rescuers when he regained consciousness, Serras said.
The diver had been beneath the pier doing construction work when fellow workers lost communication.
Waves sloshed up to rescuers' knees as they performed CPR on a platform in the water, and the diver quickly responded.
"There is a sense of relief, of satisfaction to see somebody who just a few minutes ago wasn't breathing and now they're breathing," Serras said.
The diver, whose name was withheld, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.