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An Upper East Side Yuppie Adventure:
Just like in the movies!
A terrified Upper East Side woman felt like
in "Titanic" - trapped in an elevator
water, from a busted main, that reached her
her 17-pound dog squirmed on her head.
- New York Post, April 1, 1998
When she saw "Titanic" in December,
Suzana Piamenta had
no idea that within a few months she would be
surrounded by frigid,
swirling water as she screamed for life and held her
yapping dog above
her head. And just as in the movie, she said, there were
no lifeboats around.
- New York Times April 1, 1998
In a death-defying escape
straight out of the blockbuster
film "Titanic," a
terrified woman and her dog were rescued
yesterday from a stuck
elevator fast filling with ice-cold
water in the basement of a
- New York Daily News, April 1, 1998
Her screams were finally heard by her
who sensed something was wrong because his
phone and hot water weren't working - and
hadn't returned to their 18th-floor
He raced down 18 flights of stairs and into
basement, where the water had risen more
"She was screaming like she was about to
Jack Piamenta, a former paratrooper in the
army, "and my dog was scratching the door
- New York Post
"I started banging on the elevator door the moment it
fell," she said. "I was
pressing 18 to see if it would go up and my dog was
scratching at the door. Then I
saw water creeping in and I started to panic."
Chloe did, too, and as soon as the cold water hit her
paws, the dog scrambled into
Mrs. Piamenta's arms. She was busy pushing the elevator's
alarm button and
"The next thing I knew, the water was up to my waist and
Chloe was scratching
all over me, trying to climb up," she said. "I thought I
was going to die. The water
was cold and everything was getting dark."
About this time, Mrs. Piamenta's husband, Jacky, was
heading off to work at
their store, New York City Bagels, on Second Avenue near
64th Street. He heard
the insistent ringing of the elevator bell, then
recognized his wife's voice
screaming for help and Chloe's distinctive bark.
"It was a very special bark, protective like an alarm, and
my wife was really
screaming," he said. "I thought she had been attacked by
the East Side rapist."
When he reached the first floor and flung open the door to
Piamenta, 36, was confronted by a room full of dirty water
and no way to save his
wife. He ran out to get the help of a construction crew
across the street.
By then, the superintendent had opened the doors to the
elevator shaft on the first
floor. He and the workers jumped onto the roof and broke
open the top of the
elevator with crowbars, finding Mrs. Piamenta with water
up to her neck and
climbing, and holding a panicky Chloe well above her head.
"They pulled the dog out by his leash and then grabbed my
wife," said Piamenta,
whose wife is 5 feet 8 inches tall. "A few seconds later,
they would have been
Mrs. Piamenta was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where
doctors gave her a tetanus
shot and took X-rays before releasing her.
- New York Times