Jarrit Scotti attempted to save Jonathan Flores from drowning, Astoria, New York, April 14, 2003. Jonathan, 5, fell into the East River from the bank and was swept by the very strong current toward a power plant on the bank in that vicinity. At the plant, Scotti, 28, off-duty sanitation police officer, was alerted to the situation. He responded to the bank and, despite the 42-degree water temperature, entered the river and began to swim after Jonathan. Another man also entered the water and, reaching Jonathan, took him to a pier at the power plant, from which point they were removed from the river by responding police personnel. Scotti also reached the pier, and he too was recovered by rescue units. He, Jonathan, and the other man all required hospital treatment, Scotti for nearly drowning. He recovered.
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