Guy on 'Mission From God' Attempts Liberty Island Swim

Needless to say, he didn't quite make it to the statue
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2011 9:10 AM CDT
Guy on 'Mission From God' Attempts Liberty Island Swim
The Statue of Liberty is seen from the Staten Island Ferry on April 7, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

Why would a 29-year-old man dive into the frigid New York Harbor and attempt a three-quarter mile swim to the Statue of Liberty? Clearly, he was on a mission from God—or so he told rescuers. "He said God told him to swim to Liberty Island," an officer tells the New York Post. "He said he would rather drowned [sic] than get on the boat." The floundering man did, however, eventually climb aboard a US Park Police boat after the 4:30pm incident yesterday.

"When we got to him he was shivering like a leaf and the tides were taking him away from Liberty Island," the officer says. The man, who had been in the water 45 minutes and was a quarter-mile from Liberty Island, was taken to a medical center for psychiatric evaluation. (The Post's evaluation? It refers to him as a "nut" in its headline.)

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