Police Rescue 2 Teens from East River

Police discovered the two teens in the water at 111th Street near the FDR Drive

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    From left to right: Officer Helder Santos, Sergeant Joseph Hartnett, Officer Siddiqah Withers and Officer Leonardo Munoz back at the 23rd Precinct station house after the rescue Friday afternoon.

    Police rescued two teenagers who fell into the frigid waters of the East River Friday afternoon.

    At approximately 12:45 p.m., police discovered the two teens in the water at 111th Street near the FDR Drive, submerged to their necks in water and clutching wooden pylons.

    Sergeant Joseph Hartnett and Officer Helder Santos hopped a railing and lay down on a cement area that extends 15 yards into the water and four feet above it, according to NYPD. They were soon joined by officers Siddiqah Withers and Leonardo Munoz, who helped Hartnett and Santos grab the two teens out of the water and pull them to safety.
    Police identified the teens as Christopher Arriaga, 17, and Diego Perez, whose age was not released. It was unclear exactly how the teens ended up in the water, but a friend told police they had been with a group that had been drinking alcohol.

    Arriaga and Perez were transported to Harlem Hospital with minor injuries. The officers were uninjured.

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