A TikTok video of a woman diving headfirst into the Husdon
River, known for decades of pollution and the occasional
recovery of a dead body, has social media users alarmed.
Donna Paysepar went viral after sharing
footage of herself “swimming with Lady
Liberty,” which she admits she did for attention.
She told NJ Advance Media she
“did it for the video and for the
memory … and ’cause it was also hot”.
Since she shared the video on
August 13, it has garnered more
than 4 million views and 400,000 likes.
Commenters were shocked by
her stunt — and pretty grossed out.
“Sis you swimming with a lot more than just Lady
Liberty,” one user wrote. “She’s gonna come back
out with radioactive powers,” another said.
“I wanna be famous,” she said in
one of the videos. “Thanks to
the lovers, thanks to the haters”.
while water quality of the Hudson River has greatly
improved since the Clean Water Act passed in 1972, it’s
not technically considered “swimmable” for most people