An NYPD medic who doesn’t like heights displayed a high amount of courage in a daring sea rescue off the coast of Queens Thursday afternoon, the department said.
A 24-year-old Indian man required medical assistance after he fell 35 feet and passed out while on board a commercial oil tanker vessel called High Courage around 1:20 p.m.
The vessel was transporting jet fuel, the New York Daily News reported.
The NYPD Aviation Unit deployed two helicopters, and Det. Mel Maurice, a medic from the Emergency Service Unit, descended in a basket onto the tanker, which was 16 miles south of Breezy Point in the Ambrose Channel.
The unidentified injured man was “relatively stable” but was in distress, Maurice said. The two were then lifted into the helicopter, and the man was taken to the Staten Island University North Hospital, where he is in stable condition.
“To be honest, I don’t like heights,” Maurice told the Daily News. “But without the aviation unit, time is just wasted.”
If done by boat, the rescue would have likely taken about two hours, but with the helicopter, it was less than 30 minutes.
Watch the footage of the daring rescue: