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Route 88 Bridge Jumper Later Found Alive on Canal Bank

Man leaps from Route 88 Bridge in Point Pleasant late Friday night, found alive several hours later

A man who leaped from the Route 88 Bridge in Point Pleasant late Friday night was found alive on the nearby canal bank a few hours later, said authorities.

“I can confirm we did have an adult male jump off the bridge,” said Lt. Michael Colwell of the . “We received the call at 11:48 p.m. on Friday night from the bridge tender.”

Colwell confirmed that the bridge operator who made the call to police had witnessed the man leap from the bridge.

Besides Chief Larry Williams and other officers from the Point Pleasant Borough Police Department, Point Pleasant Borough Fire Company Station 75 and their scuba dive team, the Brick Township Fire Department, the Point Boro First Aid Squad, and the United States Coast Guard’s Manasquan Station (located in Point Pleasant Beach) all responded to the scene, said Colwell.

The Coast Guard dispatched boats plus a helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City to assist in a search and rescue mission, which lasted several hours.

“The man who jumped from the bridge was later found, not injured or harmed, at 2:06 a.m. on the canal bank,” said Colwell.

The scene was cleared at approximately 2:32 a.m., according to the lieutenant.

Authorities are not releasing any further information on the situation as of yet.

“The incident is still under investigation at this time,” said Colwell.

Investigating the incident is Point Pleasant Borough Patrol Officer Siveen Greenan.

Patience September 17, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I remember bridge jumping in Cape Cod in the summertime as a teenager. It wasn't a big deal. Now, if he committed a crime and was running from someone, that is different. If he just jumped off to swim to shore, what is the big deal? The article does not specify.
clamdigger September 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM
why even bother w/ the rescue efforts...if people want to kill themselves, they should be allowed to do so. let the guy jump, finish his task and let the crabs finish the job plain and simple. As for paying back the funds to finance the search,LOL, you think this guy has that kind of money,what do you want, to garnish his wages for the next 100years? maybe apss it along to the kids if he has any? Not to kick off a whole debate over this but more people butt in,stick their nose in where it doesn't belong or concern themselves w/ saving people from killing themselves,but when it comes to allowing an abortion to take place many see no wrong w/killing an innocent being. There's bigger fish to fry in this world,if a person wants to off themself, then so be it, Life,liberty and persuit of happiness,we're suppose to be free to make our own decisions,except when others don't like the decision,then it becomes someone elses business. If someone wants to step in front of a train,jump off a bridge,jump out of a plane w/o a parachute then I say have at it buddy,it's not the fall that's gonna do it,bit's the sudden stop.
havefaith September 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM
SO why even help a Drunk driver that slams his car into a tree, or people that going swimming when life guards are not on duty, why bother even looking for them right??
havefaith September 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM
should all the people that drink & drive have to pay for extra police after 1am??
C September 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
What a sad state of affairs when a story of someone jumping off a bridge can turn into a comedy routine. Has everyone lost compassion? He or she needs help not harsh words. If it was someone you knew, you wouldn't be so hard on them, would you?

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