By Dan Marrin and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN - A distraught Bronx woman was safely plucked from New York Harbor Sunday afternoon after jumping from a Liberty Island ferry that was docked at Battery Park, authorities said.
The 57-year-old woman leaped about 25 feet from the second level deck of the Lady Liberty, which is owned by Statue Cruises, at 2:43 p.m. in front of a boat full of people, said Sgt. Pete Culver of the U.S. Parks Police.
The woman had purchased a ticket and went through screening like the other passengers, Culver said.
The ship's crew immediately sprang into action and launched a rescue craft to pull her in from the 40-foot-deep water, according to a spokesperson for the cruise line.
Cops said that the woman was out of the water within minutes and did not have any visible injuries.
Sources said that she told investigators that she was suicidal.
She was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for evaluation.