Kayakers rescued from the East River

July 11, 2008 5:55:50 PM PDT
Police say two kayakers have been rescued from the East River after getting close to a massive public art installation of a waterfall near the Brooklyn Bridge. Harbor patrol officers noticed a cluster of kayakers near the bridge's base Friday afternoon, and then spotted two men hanging onto pilings near the installation. Strong currents slowed the rescue, but officers eventually pulled the men from the water. They are hospitalized in stable condition.

Apparently the two were part of a kayaking school. Police weren't sure of its name or the boaters' skill level.

The bridge installation is one of four freestanding waterfalls around the city, created by a Danish artist. The $15.5 million project is the city's largest public art project since "The Gates" in Central Park in 2005.

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Waterfalls: http://www.nycwaterfalls.org/