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Afghan War Veteran Saves Brooklyn Woman From Drowning Near South Street Seaport

By Ben Fractenberg on July 26, 2010 1:27pm 

A water taxi pulls away from the Pier 17 mall at South Street Seaport on April 16, 2009.
A water taxi pulls away from the Pier 17 mall at South Street Seaport on April 16, 2009.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — An Afghanistan war veteran saved a woman from drowning near the South Street Seaport early Sunday morning, the New York Post reported.

Danielle Julia DiMonda, 33, was reportedly coming from a concert at Governors Island around 1:10 a.m. when she fell off a pier. Former Navy sailor Nicholas Przybyla dove in after her and held her above water until a police rescue boat pulled them out of the water.

"I saw her head disappear under the water, and she was gone for a good 60 seconds," Przybyla told The Post. "It seemed like she was kind of struggling, so I jumped in and grabbed her.”

DiMonda was well enough after the ordeal to speak with reporters.

"He saved my life. People don't do that -- but I guess some people do," the Manhattan social worker told The Post. "You read stories of people jumping into subways to save people. If he hadn't come down . . . no one was doing anything. I felt like I was alone down there."


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