Our Hero! NYC Tourist Saves Child Who Fell in East River

Frenchman Julian Duret was the first in the cold water of Manhattan's East River to save a 2-year-old girl that who fallen in.

Our Hero! NYC Tourist Saves Child Who Fell in East River

Frenchman Julien Duret was the first in the cold water of Manhattan’s East River to save a 2-year-old girl who had fallen in.

-Faye Brennan

Julien Duret

Julien Duret, 29, from Lyon, France was on holiday in New York City this past weekend, visiting with his girlfriend for the first time. They were walking along the South Street Seaport on Saturday when he saw what looked like a doll fall from the Peking ship into the water.

Realizing it wasn’t a doll, but a baby, Duret sprang into action. “The emotion took over,” he said. “I didn’t think at all. It happened very fast. I reacted very fast… I’ve never done anything like that before.”

He threw off his jacket and jumped into the freezing water, grabbing Bridget Sheridan’s cold, unmoving body. Minutes later, Bridget’s dad, David Anderson, jumped in the water as well to save his baby girl. When being lifted out of the water, Bridget finally opened her eyes and started to cry.

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All three were lifted to safety, and Anderson and his daughter were whisked away to the hospital before being able to thank Duren. But make no mistake, Anderson recognizes that the frenchman was “the first one in the water.”

Duren, a humble hero who believes he did what anyone would have done, has since returned to France. “I was just happy that I was able to help her, and I’m happy the family has been reunited,” he says.

Well, we’re sure all of New York would love to have you back. You’re a hero in our eyes! (NY Daily News)

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0 thoughts on “Our Hero! NYC Tourist Saves Child Who Fell in East River

  1. mothermeryl says:

    Great story. He was very brave.

  2. alterego says:

    A true hero! Oh those parents must have just had their lives flash before their eyes.

  3. iceicecat says:

    omg omg omg bless that man and little girl!!!!That man is a true hero!!!! load bess that man and his family!

  4. 1yuumyum1 says:

    He was definitly in the right place at the right time and did the right thing.

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