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NYPD releases body cam footage of an attempted rescue from a flooded basement and one from a drain

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The New York City Police Department released video showing officers wading into floodwater inside a Queens building as they worked to gain access to a basement apartment where a family of three was later found dead.

The video from one officer's body camera shows another officer first reaching into the opaque water and then dipping under the surface.

He is then quickly pulled back up by the other officer and appears to be frustrated.

The officers were attempting to get into a basement apartment at a building on 64th Street in the Woodside neighborhood Wednesday night as heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ida's remnants deluged the Tri-State and caused widespread flash flooding.

The officers were trying to rescue 50-year-old Ang Gelu Lama, 48-year-old Mingma Sherpa and their 2-year old son who lived in the apartment.

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On Twitter, the NYPD said "locked doors, rising water level & live electricity forced the officers to call for the" New York City Fire Department.

When the Fire Department's specialized units arrived, they found the three of them dead.

A neighbor said the street floods often, and there was work underway that was supposed to fix the flooding problem.

"The purpose of the construction was to make sure this doesn't happen," a neighbor said. "They took the whole block apart, but obviously city planning didn't make it work."


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A terrifying fall left a man about 30 feet down a storm drain in New York City on Sunday morning.

First responders scaled down the storm drain and found the man conscious but dealing with pain in his ankle, according to the New York police and fire departments.

“He had been down in that hole for a long time so we wanted to move as fast as possible because he was in water so we were worried about hypothermia at that time,” New York firefighter Krist Kabashi said. “We just wanted to move him out of the hole as quickly as possible.”

Emergency crews kept the man calm as they worked for about 20 minutes to hoist him to safety.

The man was taken to an area hospital with a cut to his forehead and a possible broken leg.
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