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Man and woman are rescued after their giant inflatable swan was swept away by strong current in NYC

Man and woman are rescued after their giant inflatable swan was swept away by strong current in NYC’s East River and into ‘heavy marine traffic’

  • A man and woman were rescued by the FDNY on Sunday in the East River
  • The pair had been riding on an inflatable swan when it was swept up in a current
  • The rudderless pool toy unwittingly sailed into ‘heavy marine traffic’, FDNY said
  • The department dispatched a boat to rescue the stranded pair at 3:40pm
  • They weren’t named but Cindy Ccollatupa confirmed she was involved on TikTok 
  • ‘We were fine and not hurt in anyway,’ Ccollatupa told DailyMail.com 

A man and a woman had to be rescued by the FDNY over the weekend after the giant inflatable swan they were floating on in the East River was swept away by a strong current.

The pair were trying to escape the blazing summer temperatures in the Big Apple on Sunday when their comical raft was sucked into the river near East 55th Street, the FDNY said in an Instagram post.

The department dispatched a boat to rescue them at 3:40pm after officers were informed that the rudderless pool toy had unwittingly sailed into ‘heavy marine traffic’.

Members of FDNY Marine 4 rescued the two floaters and they were evaluated by EMS workers when they returned to the shore. No injuries were reported.

 

A man and a woman had to be rescued by the FDNY over the weekend after the giant inflatable swan they were floating on in the East River was swept away by a strong current

Ccollatupa is seen blowing up the Swam on Sunday

Though the two people involved were not named by the department, a video uploaded to TikTok by pre-med graduate Cindy Ccollatupa identifies her as one of the passengers

Though the two people involved were not named by the department, a video uploaded to TikTok by pre-med graduate Cindy Ccollatupa identifies her as one of the passengers

Though the two people involved were not named by the department, in a video uploaded to TikTok by pre-med graduate Cindy Ccollatupa, she identifies herself and her boyfriend, David Sanchez as the passengers.

The New York native, who studied at Loyola University in New Orleans, documented her doomed journey on the inflatable swan in a series of short clips.

‘Jumping over into the East River with a swan float Lmao,’ Ccollatupa writes in the video, adding that the cops had to be called.

Ccollatupa also filmed the moment the FDNY hauled the raft from the water. With a number of the officers appearing to be sharing a laugh over the incident. 

‘With the coronavirus and the hot weather we’ve been trying to find different ideas to have fun while keeping cool,’ Ccollatupa explained to DailyMail.com.

‘We decided we wanted to sail on the East River but my boyfriend’s boat is broken down so we wanted to be different.’

Ccollatupa said she and Sanchez took a number of precautions before taking to the water, including wearing life-vests, bringing paddles and a blow horn to warn off any approaching boats.

‘We were fine and not hurt in anyway, but it must have been awkward to see a swan just floating by. We had control and we didn’t fall – we weren’t hurt.

‘The experience was a little scary because you don’t know what could be swimming under the water, but it was relaxing until we got pulled out for our safety.’ 

‘Jumping over into the East River with a swan float Lmao,’ Ccollatupa writes in the video, adding that the cops had to be called.

Ccollatupa shown in a Facebook picture

‘Jumping over into the East River with a swan float Lmao,’ Ccollatupa  (also shown right in a Facebook picture) writes in the video, adding that the cops had to be called.

The New York native, who studied at Loyola University in New Orleans, documented her doomed journey on the inflatable swan in a series of short clips.

She was accompanied by an unidentified male

The New York native, who studied at Loyola University in New Orleans, documented her doomed journey on the inflatable swan in a series of short clips.

Ccollatupa also filmed the moment the FDNY hauled the raft from the water. With a number of the officers appearing to be sharing a laugh over the incident

Ccollatupa also filmed the moment the FDNY hauled the raft from the water. With a number of the officers appearing to be sharing a laugh over the incident

Videos posted to Citizen show the rescue taken place near the 55th Street on Sunday afternoon

The swan is seen floating in the lake near jet-skis

Videos posted to Citizen show the rescue taken place near the 55th Street on Sunday afternoon

A photo posted to Instagram by the FDNY shows one officer hoisting the punctured aboard the department’s vessel. 

With the pair said to be lucky to have escaped unscathed, the Fire Department sent out a warning to the public to deter similar incidents from occurring in future.

‘FDNY urges New Yorkers to always take precautions when swimming or entering the water surrounding our city,’ the department wrote. ‘Only enter the water where swimming is permitted and where lifeguards are on duty. See more #FDNYSmart tips for a safe summer at fdnysmart.org.’

Despite the seriousness of the department’s statement, the post elicited a number of amusing responses.

‘That’s ducking nuts,’ wrote one social media user. ‘They were just going with the flow,’ declared another.

New York braces itself for scorching 100F temperatures as dangerous heat wave hits the East Coast

Another day of scorching summer heat is set to hit 70 million Americans along the East Coast on Monday, wmore than 48 percent of the US tipped to experience temperatures in excess of 90 degrees within 24 hours.

The blistering summer sunshine comes as part of a heat dome encapsulating much of the country which has had a particular effect on the Northeast over the last 48 hours.

New York City bared the brunt of the heat across the weekend, and heat advisories implemented Sunday have since been extended through Monday evening as the dangerous surge is set to continue.

During his daily press conference this morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that the mercury could top 100F in the Big Apple later today.

Heat index values – which factor in humidity – are likely to as register as high as 103 degrees throughout Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather service.

Another day of scorching summer heat is set to hit 70 million Americans along the East Coast on Monday

Another day of scorching summer heat is set to hit 70 million Americans along the East Coast on Monday

According to NBC 4, weather experts say that Monday could end up being the hottest day Central Park has seen in nearly five years.

Anticipated to reach 97 degrees over the park, that number is just four degrees shy of its all time record of 101, which was recorded back in 1980.

The city has opened 145 air-conditioned cooling centers across the five boroughs during high heat advisories with a number of safety and social distancing measures in place.

Though Monday will prove to be the hottest day, the heat is expected to continue throughout the week.

Tuesday’s weather will still be hot, though the mercury will fall to the low 90s, with thunderstorms Wednesday night expected to bring up to a quarter of an inch of rain and lower temperatures in the high 80s.

However the weather will bounce back into the low 90s on Thursday and is expected to hover around that number into the early part of next week. 

The city says it isn’t anticipating a widespread shattering of all-time heat records, however record highs will at least be neared or matched at LaGaurdia, JFK and Bridgeport airports.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk