Man Who Jumped Off Point Boro Bridge Charged

Brick responders participated in response

A Wall man who jumped off the Route 88 bridge has been charged with swimming in the Point Pleasant Canal and disorderly conduct, police said Monday.

Devon R. Kuehnen, 34, of the Allenwood section of Wall, suffered only a minor laceration to his nose after jumping from the bridge late Friday night, setting off a massive manhunt that lasted more than two hours, police said.

Police, divers, first aid and fire department volunteers searched the canal and surrounding areas before finding Kuehnen safe on a canal bank early Saturday morning, police said.

He was charged and released on a summons. Swimming in the canal is prohibited by borough ordinance.

A bridge tender called the police at 11:48 p.m. Friday, saying a man had jumped from the bridge, prompting police to call in multiple emergency responders from Point Beach, Point Boro and Brick to help with the search.

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 Coast Guard’s Manasquan Station in Point Pleasant Beach all responded to the scene, police said.

The Coast Guard dispatched boats and a helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City to assist in a search and rescue mission.

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

The scene was cleared at approximately 2:32 a.m., Colwell said.

The lead investigator was Borough Officer Siveen Greenan.

Clarenceworley September 19, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I agree with a lot of the comments about this person wasting emergency resources, but has anyone considered this person to be sick? Whether he IS an alcoholic as alluded to, or simply mentally ill, why kick him while he is down? Before anyone responds as if I knew this guy, I didn't, but I do have empathy for somone who is sick. Would you be so critical of a diabetic whose blood sugar went low and wandered around in the street causing traffic backups? Just think about it - anyone could end up in a similar situation.
Andrew Quinn September 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
@clarence that's a valid point i'm just trying to give police the benefit of the doubt that they didn't see a suicidal man and "kick him while he was down" by arresting him. if he really was "sick" than i hope he gets the help he deserves and doesn't end up in a prison. if he did it for thrills or because of alcohol than he deserves to be arrested. like i said i personally am going off the assumption and trying to give the police the benefit of the doubt they didn't see an upset crying man on a canal and put him in handcuffs.
Clarenceworley September 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Thank you Mr. Quinn. Good points.
8808ron September 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
HE WAS NOT TRYING TO KILL HIMSELF. he is just an idiot PLAIN AND SIMPLE! he was jumping because someone else did it a month prior so he wanted to also. he tried to get out of the water immediately but a boat with fishermen was blocking the ladder so the current took him to the next one where he got out.
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