Without a second thought a hero cop threw himself into the freezing waters of Boston Harbor to rescue a woman who had fallen into the channel.
To the cheers of awestruck bystanders, officer Ed Norton jumped straight into Fort Point Channel after he saw a woman in her 30s screaming out for help on Friday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m.
The brave officer was thrown a life ring which he placed around the woman after he swam 50-feet to meet her before they made it to a nearby raft where they waited to be pulled to safety by the Boston fire service.
‘I heard everybody screaming, ‘She’s in the water, she’s in the water,’ said Keith Young, a UPS delivery driver who witnessed the dramatic rescue.
‘Then I saw the cop pull up. He jumped out, he ripped his jacket off, ran down the stairs, ripped of his duty belt and jumped into the water and went right to her.
Young said that the woman, who he did not see fall into the water was in her 20s and was conscious and ‘crying, kind of hysterical. I saw bruises on her knees and arms.’
The entire ordeal for the officer and the stricken woman lasted no more than five minutes and when a rescue boat picked the pair up, bystanders on a bridge overlooking the harbor cheered.
Hal Munger, another witness, said the woman was ‘screaming for help’ even when she got to the raft.
‘It wasn’t what I expected after coming back from lunch,’ said Munger.
After the rescue, the officer and the woman were taken to a city hospital to be treated for hypothermia and doctors said that they were both expected to be ‘OK’.
According to the Boston fire department three rescuers entered the water, two of whom wore ‘cold weather survival suits’ after they responded to a woman 50-feet from shore ‘being held above water by a Boston police officer.’
‘One of the other officers had been given a life preserver I think it came from the Tea Party museum, so that helped a lot,’ said Officer Norton of his brave rescue effort.
‘I was able to hold on to that while she was holding onto the life preserver, while holding onto the raft that was out there.’
Police said it was unclear how the woman ended up in the water.