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Man Rescued After Jumping Into New York Harbor, Trying to Swim Away

A 70-year-old man was rescued by National Park Service police officers and Statue of Liberty tour boat crew members after he jumped into the water at the southern tip of Manhattan and tried to swim away from land. 

The man jumped into the water at 4:15 p.m. Saturday and started swimming out to New York Harbor, according to Sgt. David Somma of the U.S. Park Police. 

Statue of Liberty cruise crew members approached the man with a lifeboat but he refused to get in, Somma said. 

A Park Police officer swam out to the man, grabbed him and swam to shore with him. Fellow officers and statue cruise personnel helped pull both men out of the water.

Somma says the man who tried to swim away was identified as Lin Wen Shan. He was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. 

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