Wednesday, January 30, 2013
NYPD helicopter rescue of ship captain who suffered heart attack
The NYPD saved the life of an Egyptian captain who had a heart attack on a ship yesterday, police said.
Captain Aly Akl, 60, went into cardiac arrest shortly before 9:45 p.m. on a commercial cargo ship called the Grey Shark, which was anchored in New York Harbor between the Verrazano Bridge and the Staten Island ferry terminal.
Detective Robert Brager, an ESU tactical medic, rushed with NYPD Harbor to the boat.
He worked to stabilize Akl while waiting for NYPD Aviation to airlift him.
Police lowered a rescue basket from a helicopter onto the deck, and secured the captain inside.
They then used a hook to pull the detective up as well.
They rushed Akl to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.