Hannah Upp, who jumped into the chilly waters of New York Harbor around noon, was hospitalized in stable condition.
The ferry was headed from Manhattan and was about a mile from Staten Island when Upp was spotted, chief police spokesman Paul Browne said. The ferry captain deployed a rescue craft, and crew members pulled Upp to safety.
Upp had last been seen Aug. 29 at her upper Manhattan apartment. She apparently had planned to go away for the weekend, and when she didn’t return her roommates called police. There were no signs of forced entry into her apartment, and her wallet, keys and subway fare payment card were found inside.
Rumors swirled that she was taken against her will. Her disappearance prompted a citywide search, with Crime Stoppers and the United Federation of Teachers offering a reward of $12,000 for information regarding her whereabouts. A page on the Facebook social networking Web site was created to help find her, and photos and stories were published in local newspapers.
More than a week after Upp vanished, she was spotted checking her e-mail twice at an Apple store in midtown Manhattan, and police had continued to search for her.
Upp, who is from near Portland, Ore., was about to start her second year teaching Spanish at the Thurgood Marshall Academy and was a Teaching Fellow.
She attended Bryn Mawr College before moving to New York, where she has volunteered for AIDS organizations. She was working toward a master’s degree in education at Pace University.