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Friday, September 23, 2005

"Not much happening in the news..."

That is what my sister said when my mother showed her the cover of our local paper. It had both of my parents on the front page... the date on the paper was September 11, 2001.

My favorite paper has a more entertaining bit of news. The cover has my hero roommate on the cover. That's pretty cool.

The title of the article is "Aquabatic Rescue", and it has a very silly interior photo of him, "looking hero tough" into the camera. Jonah has saved lives before, but this is the first time it has been in the paper. Oh, and he will accept donations for a destroyed phone (he forgot it was in his pocket when he jumped in) and telephone numbers to rebuild his phonebook, mostly if you are a pretty girl needing to be "rescued".

They have a clunky site, so I will post the entire article in the comments, read, enjoy.

...and I thought I was cool for swimming in the river.


chad said...



September 23, 2005 -- Two nimble trapeze instructors flew into action yesterday and helped rescue a man who leaped into the Hudson River near TriBeCa, authorities said.

Heroic high-fliers Paul Cannon, 40, and Jonah Spear, 23, were teaching a class at the Trapeze School New York on the West Side Highway near Vestry Street at around 12:15 p.m. when a police officer ran into the high-wire cage asking for rope and a flotation line.

Just minutes earlier, James Kue, 23, jumped into the fast-running river waters from a nearby pier, police said.

Without breaking a sweat, Cannon snatched a safety rope used to harness students when they fly through the air and, along with Spears, ran with the cop to the water's edge.

"Someone screamed, 'Oh, my God, it's a body,' " said trapeze student Neil Edley, who captured the daring rescue on his video camera.

While the officer tied the rope to the guardrail, the two acrobats — who have had cameo roles in HBO's "Sex and the City" filmed at the trapeze school — performed one of their best feats ever.

"It was a vague shadow in the green water," said Cannon, explaining that the man was starting to sink under the surface.

That's when he and Spear leaped in to save the man.

About a minute later, Cannon and Spear said they bumped into Kue and grabbed his wrists. Once they got a hold of Kue, the men wrapped a safety belt around him.

"After some heaving and hauling, we got a safety belt and hauled him out," Cannon said.

One of the trapeze school's students, Audra Alexander, a tourist from Indiana who taught CPR for five years, began to revive the unconscious Kue.

"When we got a hold of him, he was completely lifeless," Cannon said.

"A minute or so later, he began coughing up water."

Edley said the rescuers were "just amazing. They were unbelievable."

Cannon admitted later that the rescue was "kind of sinking in now," adding that he and his partner went back to finish the lesson for a group of nine novice fliers.

"It's a strange feeling. It's not something you expect to do," Cannon said.

Kue was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition last night.

Cops said it was not clear why Kue, a Michigan man who was living at a nearby homeless shelter, jumped into the river.

Anonymous said...

Congratulate Jonah for me.


Anonymous said...

Nice Jonah! Sucks about your phone, It's a good story.