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Police Rescue Swimmer 'On Mission From God' In New York Harbor

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Park police rescued a swimmer after he dove into New York Harbor between a New Jersey park and Liberty Island.

The unidentified 29-year-old man stripped down to swim trunks and dove into the water from a Liberty State Park footpath on Sunday.

The New York Post reports a witness called 911 about 45 minutes later after noticing the man was in trouble.

Police said he claimed he was on a mission from God.

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