Quick thinking by a Troy policeman helped save the life of a woman who was struggling in the Hudson River late Thursday night.
At about 11:25 p.m., Troy police and fire personnel were dispatched to the Hudson River seawall in the area of State Street to investigate a report of a woman in the water.
Officers Brian Strock and Sean McMahon arrived in the area and found a woman, 46, clutching a rubber hose in the vicinity of the Captain JP cruise ship, which was docked on the seawall. Officer Strock deployed a rescue ring but the woman was unable to make use of the rescue apparatus, going under water at least twice,m according to police.
McMahon boarded the Captain JP, leaping from the seawall onto the ship's deck. He located a length of rope, threw it to the victim and convinced her to abandon her hold of the hose and grab the rope. The victim grabbed the rope, and Mcmahon was then able to pull the woman to the side of the ship and pull her up out of the frigid water to safety, according to the report. Troy fire personnel arrived, provided treatment and the victim was transported to a local mental health crisis facility.