2 Drunken Men Pulled From Hudson River in Nighttime Rescue: Witnesses

Two men had too much to drink and decided to take a swim in the Hudson River, leading to a night rescue, witnesses and fire officials said.

The men wound up in the river — it’s not exactly known how — near 79th Street on the Upper West Side. Witnesses said they’d been drinking and went into the water on their own volition.

Someone at the Boat Basin restaurant called 911 and said it appeared the two men were drowning in the river.

The FDNY came and rescued the duo in a dramatic night rescue that involved helicopters. Diners watched on from the restaurant. 

"I saw two helicopters. One was moving around, one was stationary. So maybe the one that was stationary was doing something. It wasn't flying around. And then the ambulances came as well," witness Keith Faria said. 

Video posted online shows the conscious men wrapped in towels as they make their way to waiting ambulances.

The men were taken to Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

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