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A California dad dived into the frigid East River and rescued his 2-year-old daughter Saturday after she plunged 20 feet from a historic boat docked at the South Street Seaport.
Witnesses heard a splash, then a terrifying scream.
A moment later, the father, David Anderson, was racing down the deck of the four-masted Peking ship, emptying his pockets along the way.
"He jumped in like a scene out of a movie," said Eric Stringer, 34. "He was pulling things out of his pockets as he was running down the steps. He didn't hesitate."
Once he reached the pier, the frantic father flicked off his shoes and bolted over a fence. Witnesses said he then gazed into the water. His daughter, identified by sources as Bridgette Sheriden, was below the surface.
"He jumped in feet first like a pin," said Stringer, a freelance TV producer from Hicksville, L.I. "He went all the way under, and when he came up, he had her in his arms.
"She was motionless, at first. It was a couple of seconds, and then she started crying."
The crowd of onlookers gasped in relief. (NY Daily News)
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