Swimmer Takes Dip in Central Park Reservoir He's lassoed by firefighters By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Jul 11, 2011 10:08 AM CDT 14 comments Comments Central Park Reservoir. (?angela n.) (Newser) – It apparently got a little too hot yesterday for a guy who decided to take a leisurely swim—through New York City's Central Park Reservoir. The swimmer, in his 40s, scaled a chain link fence surrounding the 40-foot-deep reservoir. He refused firefighters' orders to get out, so three of them had to swim in after him. They lassoed him, dragged him out, and transported him to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, reports the New York Post. But relax: The reservoir hasn't been used as a water source since 1993, so there's no need to drain it, even if he did pee.