Drowning woman rescued from Gowanus Canal

More waste added to the polluted waterway: Benson Scrap Metal, just off the edge of the Gowanus Canal, allegedly dumped heaps of metallic waste into the notoriously polluted waterway.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A struggling woman submerged in the Gowanus Canal was pulled to safety Tuesday evening by firefighters, an FDNY spokesman said.

The fire department received a call about a woman drowning in the notoriously filthy waterway near Bond and Union streets at 5:50 pm, according to the spokesman.

Rescue crews managed to haul the woman out of the canal and rushed her to New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, where she was admitted with minor injuries at 6:15 pm.

It is unclear how the woman wound up in the polluted canal, which is so foul the federal government classified it as a Superfund site worthy of a costly cleanup funded by polluters themselves.

An NYPD spokesman said the agency’s press office was not yet aware of the incident.

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