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Woman, toddler rescued from Hudson River

A woman and a toddler were pulled from the Hudson River by rescuers and had to be revived yesterday after they were spotted bobbing in the chilly water by a passerby who came across an empty stroller on a pier.

Police were investigating the incident as "an apparent suicide attempt," spokesman Paul Browne said.

The woman and the child were taken to a Manhattan hospital in serious condition, authorities said. The girl, who is about 18 months old, is believed to be the woman's daughter. Their identities were not immediately released.

Maryann Ford said she was walking with her 3-year-old godson and a friend on a pedestrian pier that juts out into the Hudson when she noticed the empty stroller on the pier.

She said she instinctively looked at the water between the pier and the remnants of an abandoned dock. That's when Ford, who lives nearby, and her friend spotted the woman and the child in the water, fully dressed.

"It's so disturbing. I just can't get it out of my head - seeing her head go down, and seeing that baby's head go under, and at one point seeing both go down," Ford said.

Rescuers were called to an area near 82nd Street at midday, the Fire Department said. The pair were pulled out of the river about 10 blocks south of there. The Fire Department rescued the woman, who was facedown in the water, and police rescued the child, who was faceup. Both were resuscitated. - AP

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