A manhunt is underway after two inmates jumped into the waters off Rikers Island, with one caught immediately and the other remaining at-large.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to The Independent that they had been requested for a water search near the notorious New York City prison.
Reports say the search for the second inmate includes the harbour and aviation units around the waters of Rikers Island as well as nearby LaGuardia Airport.
A headcount is underway at the prison to determine whether more prisoners joined the two known to have jumped into the water.
Police were notified of the escape attempts shortly after 1pm on Thursday, with two prison guards reportedly capturing the first inmate quickly after the incident began around 12noon.
It comes after revelations on Wednesday that a prisoner from Rikers Island, in the East River between The Bronx and Queens, live-streamed on Facebook for nearly 2 hours; complaining about conditions, taking phone calls and recording other inmates.
The Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Peter Thorne, said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“Around 12:30pm today on Rikers Island a detainee climbed a recreation yard fence and ran to the shoreline,” Mr Thorne said.