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News 12 spoke to a woman who helped save a boy from drowning in the Hudson River the night another man drowned trying to help. Jenna Fanelli, who has been a lifeguard for seven years, says she jumped

News 12 Staff

Sep 10, 2014, 1:18 AM

Updated 3,602 days ago

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News 12 spoke to a woman who helped save a boy from drowning in the Hudson River the night another man drowned trying to help.
Jenna Fanelli, who has been a lifeguard for seven years, says she jumped into the Hudson River Sunday night and swam 100 yards from JFK Marina after noticing 5-year-old Stephen Jones in the water. Boyce Coleman, 40, got to the boy first, but drowned trying to save him.
Fanelli managed to calm Stephen down and swim him back to shore. She says she noticed another person, possibly Coleman, struggling in the water and says she wished she could have helped him as well.
"I'm sad because he is a hero," says Fanelli. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family."
Coleman's cousin, Nichelle Taylor, says she is not surprised he jumped into the river to rescue a drowning child because he was always helping others.
There is no swimming allowed at the marina. Police are investigating how Stephen ended up in the water.


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