CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, 45, assisted in saving a man from nearly being sucked in by a riptide.


On Sunday, Cuomo and his family were on a fishing boat, anchored near Shelter Island, when he and his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, noticed a man struggling against the current.

Cuomo explained in an interview on CNN that the water at the time was moving quickly, and he saw the elderly man drift by them. Cuomo asked the man if he needed assistance, to which he responded “I’m not doing well.” Cuomo couldn’t reach the man with a life preserver, and as he drifted further from his boat Cuomo made the bold decision to jump in and rescue him.

Frank Cilione, a witness to the event, stated: “Chris saved this man’s life. We saw him floating by in what looked like a very strong, fast current, and Chris began yelling at the man to swim out of it at an angle. But the man said he couldn’t move his arms, all his energy was spent, and he carried on floating away, his head barely above water.” Cilione went on to say that “it was happening too fast to untie the boat and start the engine. At this point, the man was 500 to 600 feet away from us, almost so far that you couldn’t see him…”

“I didn’t think, I just went in and got him,” Cuomo stated on CNN.

Cuomo’s editor wife, Christina Cuomo, and their children kept relatively calm as Cuomo struggled to bring the man to safety.