NEW YORK - MAY 08: Investigators stand on the Andrew J. Barbieri ferry following the crash of the Staten Island Ferry into a dock in the city's borough of Staten Island on May 8, 2010 in New York City. Dozens were injured in the morning crash in which the ferry was returning from Manhattan. This is the same ferry, the Andrew J. Barbieri, which in October 2003 crashed into the pier at the same terminal in St. George, Staten Island at full speed, resulting in the death of 11 people while injuring another 70. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The Manhattan-bound ferry was near the Statue of Libery when the man went overboard.
The fast acting crew jumped to the rescue. "We saved him," said a crew member. "We lowered a lifeboat and pulled him out," he told the New york Daily News.
Boat passengers cheered and clapped while watching the recsue.