BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Three Buffalo police officers rescued a 22-year-old woman from the Niagara River at Broderick Park near Bird Island Pier on Sunday morning, authorities said.
The incident happened just before 11 a.m. Sunday. The woman had fallen through ice and officers used a flotation device to bring her to safety.
On Sunday, Buffalo Police released bodycam video of the incident, which shows the woman having fallen through the ice and police pulling her out.
Woman: Don’t pull me.
Officer: I have to pull you, ma’am.
Woman: (Indecipherable) I don’t want to get scraped.
Officer: It’s okay. Do you want to drown or not?
She was transported to ECMC by ambulance to be treated for hypothermia.
“We’re along the water so often, it’s kind of second nature,” said Officer Anthony Banas, one of the responding officers. “We kind of prepare for it, being on the underwater recovery team, so you just have to go in there with the mindset of don’t panic, find the victim and bring her into shore.”
You can watch the full video on the Buffalo Police Department’s YouTube channel.
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