New York, NY Drownings and Rescues, Jul 1908

BOY OVERBOARD, DROWNS.

Lad Whose Name Was Not Known Falls Off Rowboat and Sinks.

School being closed, naturally on a hot day the children made for the water front yesterday.

Several boys were playing on a small rowboat moored off the recreation pier at the foot of East 112th Street, when one of their number fell overboard, striking his head on the edge of the boat. He never rose, and his body was not recovered. The boy's companions did not know his name or where he lived.

Just after the drowning accident Lilian Hearn, 15 years old, of 2,105 Second Avenue, was sitting on the edge of the same pier, when her left leg became entangled in the painter of a small launch that was about to put out. Her shrieks brought a girl friend to her assistance, but she, too, got entangled in the rope. At the critical moment William Foley, a pier employe[sic], rushed up and cut the rope with a knife. Dr. Bennett of Harlem Hospital dressed severed contusions on Miss Hearn's leg caused by the rope.

William Royal of 518 West 161st Street and Charles Dougherty of 388 West Thirtieth Street were sitting on a slack rope at the foot of 155th Street and the Hudson River yesterday afternoon, when the passing of a big river steamer caused such a wash that the rope suddenly grew taut, tossing the boys high into the air. They landed in the river. They were saved from drowning by Thomas Black and Frederick Steckler, who were working near by.

SAVES A BOY DIVER.

Policeman Dives After Him, Then Rolls Him on a Barrel.

"Hey, fellers!" shouted Johnny Cleary, 12 years old, of 377 Fifth Street, Long Island City, as he poised for a dive from the spring board at the old jail stone quarry pit opposite the Queens County Court House, yesterday afternoon, "here's bottom for mine."

"Gee, but dat's a long dive," remarked Billy Climas of 188 Van Alst Avenue, when the young diver failed to come up.

Becoming alarmed one of the boys, Louis Scholler of 593 Ninth Avenue, called Policeman Frank Redline, who jumped in, clothes, helmet, club, and all, and brought up the limp form of young Cleary. After being rolled on a barrel for a few minutes he began to kick and squirm.

"Dat's enough," he managed to say. "I didn't drink all der water in der pond."

He and his companions then went home.

LEAPS FROM RECREATION PIER.

Woman Startles Crowd by Attempting Suicide---Rescued by Life Savers.

A woman who gave her name as Jane Hannan, and who said that she lived at 446 West Forty-first Street, attempted suicide about 7 o'clock last night by jumping from the Recreation Pier at the foot of East Twenty-fourth Street. She was rescued by Thomas J. McKenna, a life saver, and taken to Bellevue Hospital and put in the prison ward where the doctors say she is liable to die.

The pier was crowded with women and children, who had noticed the woman's strange actions. Suddenly she ran to the end of the pier, took off her hat, and kneeling for a moment threw herself into the water. McKenna heard the splash and the shouts of the crowd and jumped in after her. The current carried the woman toward Bellevue Hospital.

She fought hard, but McKenna finally got her near enough to the Bellevue dock so that Policeman Allingham of the East Twenty-second Street Station could throw him a rope and drag both of them out.

The New York Times, New York, NY 2 Jul 1908

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