Pope, 29, said he was reading when out of nowhere, an unclothed woman began to scream before ultimately throwing herself into the river.
“I’m from Boston!” the woman yelled. “I can swim!”
Pope’s initial shock turned to concern for the woman’s well-being. Instinctively, he jumped into the chilly waters to try and bring the woman to shore before she harmed herself.
But Pope, who does not know how to swim, soon found himself on the brink of drowning.
“I’m looking around, I don’t see anyone, so I just jumped,” Pope recalled. “Tried to save her, and that didn’t work out too (well).”
This doesn’t diminish what he did. He’s still a hero.