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Officers rescue suspect who jumped into freezing water during arrest

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Authorities say a man who was wanted on resisting arrest and violation of parole charges was rescued by officers after he jumped into an inlet evading arrest.

The Ithaca Police Department says the man, Joshua Seaman, 32, who was taken into custody, was known to officers.

Police say Seaman was spotted, with the knowledge he had warrants out for his arrest, around 9:30 a.m. as officers were investigating several thefts that had occurred.

Authorities say officers tried to stop Seaman, but he evaded them and eventually jumped into the inlet east of Taughannock Boulevard near West Buffalo Street. Police report it was 31 degrees Fahrenheit at the time.

A land-based rescue operation was launched and officers were able to pull Seaman to shore. They were able to take care of him until medical crews arrived.

Seaman was taken to Cayuga Medical Center and was given appearance tickets return to Ithaca City Court. He was eventually turned over to Dryden Police for the violation of probation.

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