Deer swims across the Hudson

December 1, 2009 12:48:48 PM PST
A deer took a dive into the Hudson River and swam to Governors Island before NYPD Harbor Patrol finally caught up with it. Witnesses had reported the 10-point buck roaming the streets in the Exchange Place area of Jersey City just before lunchtime, officials said.

The deer eventually jumped into the water near Third Street, witnesses said.

The deer then swam across the Hudson River to Governors Island.

The animal ran along the rocks on shore for some time before police caught up to it.

Officers from the elite Emergency Services Unit fired a tranquilizer dart at the large deer at about 1:30 p.m.

Police say the sedated deer will be taken to a wildlife park on Staten Island.