Authorities identified early Saturday a man who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge the day before as a 65-year-old registered sex offender from New Rochelle.
Richard Genin was still alive when the Westchester County Police Harbor Unit pulled him from the Hudson River after he jumped around 3:20 p.m., the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice. Crew members were diverting a wayward whale back toward New York Harbor when they saw him jump.
Genin was pronounced dead an hour later at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Penangelo said.
A witness told police that Genin stopped his 2012 white Honda Civic Del Sol, with New York license plates, on the lower level of the GWB, got out and went over the railing,
The FBI arrested Genin in 2008 after they said he ordered and received several child pornography DVDs in the mail, court documents show.
They found Genin after Italian authorities in late 2006 arrested a distributor who gave them a list of buyer emails, the documents say. He was convicted in April 2011 and received 10 years probation, according to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The Honda was listed along with other information about Genin in the state sex offender registry. He was listed as Class 2 offender.
As reported Friday by Daily Voice, Westchester County Police detective C.J. Westbrook and officer Wilberto Saez had been working with other marine units during the day to safeguard a humpback whale that had headed up the Hudson River, according to Kieran O'Leary, public information officer for Westchester County Police.
The county police's Marine 2 patrol boat stayed with the whale when it turned back south at the Bronx-Westchester border on Friday afternoon. The officers were keeping a visual watch and providing a safety zone around the whale so it would not be struck by another vessel as it headed back down the Hudson River, O'Leary said.
As Marine 2 approached the George Washington Bridge at 5:22 p.m., the two officers observed the man leap from the span and plummet to the river below.
They located him quickly, pulling him aboard the patrol boat before he could slip beneath the surface. The man was in cardiac arrest and the officers began to perform CPR.
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