British tourist rescued while floating down river in New Jersey after attempting to take photos of sunrise
|Armaan Raj Munglani|
(Scroll down for video) A teenager of the United Kingdom, had a very scary experience while on vacation in the United States.
Authorities said that the teenager was watching the sunrise on a dock in New Jersey, when he was suddenly swept away by the current of the Hudson River.
He floated past the Statue of Liberty and ended about two miles away near Governors Island, according to Fire Department New York (FDNY) Capt. Louis Guzzo said.
19-year-old Armaan Raj Munglani of London, England, was on a month-long vacation in the United States. On the day of the incident, he stayed in an apartment in Jersey City.
Munglani awoke at around 2:30 a.m. to watch the sunrise. He walked over to a marina, where he took photos of the Manhattan skyline before climbing onto a wooden raft that was tied to the dock.
The raft began moving and the teenager was splashed with water. He was unable to call for help as his cellphone got wet.
The teenager said that he removed his shoes and attempted to paddle the raft with his legs, but he was unsuccessful.
Munglani eventually managed to dry off his phone and he called 911. The FDNY Marine Unit came to his rescue at 4:45 a.m.
Security officers at the Newport Yacht Club, said that they have told Munglani that he is banned from ever entering their property again.
Munglani is just glad to be alive.