Man watching sunrise in New Jersey drifts into Hudson River

(Image: NYC.gov)

(Image: NYC.gov)

Authorities say a man watching the sunrise on a piece of plywood in New Jersey was swept out by the Hudson River current and wound up about two nautical miles away near Governors Island.

FDNY Capt. Louis Guzzo says the unidentified man was sent drifting into the river on an eight-foot piece of plywood around 4:45 a.m. Thursday. 

The victim told rescuers from FDNY marine units that he went out to the dock at the Newport Yacht Club and Marina in Jersey City to watch the sun come up.

Guzzo says he believes the man stayed on the piece of wood because he didn’t want to jump into the water and lose his phone while swimming back.

The man was rescued unharmed about a quarter mile from Governors Island.

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