CBS New York points out that the pilot, identified as Eric Morales, deployed floats along the helicopter's landing skids which, when inflated, kept the helicopter from sinking in the water.
US Correspondent Harley Carnes also happens to be a helicopter pilot instructor.
New York City Fire Department officials said the pilot was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury after the helicopter landed in the river around West 30th Street.
The pilot was there to pick up passengers at the VIP Heliport, Nick Rotondi, a senior vice president at the Hudson River Park Trust, said. The helicopter's top rotor blades and tail boom appeared to have broken off.
Scanner traffic indicates that the chopper fell just short of a landing pad on West 30th street. "Just another day for NY Waterway rescues", Sciaino said. "He moved instantly to the rescue", Captain Adam Sciaino said in the statement. The National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the accident. "The helicopter is tied to the pier at this time". The FDNY later amended their report to say that there were two "non-life threatening" injuries at the scene.
When the FDNY descended on the scene, "the pilot was exiting the helicopter and getting onto a civilian boat", FDNY Firefighter Tim O'Neill told Fox News.
"Firefighter Chris Morgan and I entered the helicopter in the water to make sure there were no additional passengers".