FDNY rescues woman from Coney Island waters

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The FDNY rescued a woman from the water in Coney Island on Monday.

Firefighters at Ladder Company 166 in Coney Island received a call for a water rescue around 6:45 a.m.

They say a person located 100 feet below the pier was in distress.

First responders quickly made their way over to the West 17th Street Pier, ran into the rough and freezing cold ocean, and rescued the victim.

"We first set up by the water in direct line of sight of the victim and we set up our gear. We have ropes harnesses water rescue suits," says FDNY Lt. Wing Tsang. "They're secured to the shore with 600 feet of rope, so once we make contact with the patient, they can all be removed together."

The FDNY tells News 12 that two firefighters wearing life vests and using flotation devices were able to reach the victim in time to save her.

"Especially around this time every year we have a lot of these responses. We are assigned as a water rescue unit. We receive extensive training throughout the year for these responses and the members are very well-equipped for these responses," says Tsang.

The victim is expected to be OK.

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