Bristol man who jumped from bridge dies

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BRISTOL — Police said a 44-year-old Bristol man who jumped from the Mt. Hope Bridge Tuesday afternoon was later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.

Police and rescue crews from both Bristol and Portsmouth responded after receiving a report of a vehicle that had stopped on the center span.

" A male party exited the vehicle and jumped over the railing," said Portsmouth Police Lt. Brian Peters.

The man apparently jumped from the Portsmouth side of the span at about 4:15 p.m. Members of Bristol’s Marine One got him out of the water and crews attempted to resuscitate him, continuing their efforts inside the waiting ambulance at the Church Street dock in Bristol.

Lt. Peters said the man was "transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead."

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MikeVspage

Rick Veirra (Taco) and I were fishing under the bridge at the time, our first day out this season. Within an hour or so of setting the anchor, I noticed traffic had stopped on the bridge, and thought there must have been a car accident. Shortly after, Rick spotted something floating towards our boat, and wondered if it was some kind of debris from the crash. As it got closer, I noticed it was a body, which eventually came right up to the boat. We radioed in to the US Coast Guard, and the Bristol Fire Dept boat immediately came over to us for the recovery.

At first, we thought he must have been ejected from an accident on the bridge. However, we then heard over the marine radio for all mariners to stay on the lookout for a possible bridge jumper near the Mt. Hope Bridge. Sad story.

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paula.j.harrison.7

mike the man was my grandaughters dad he was sick for along time im sorry u had to experence it we are very sad today my daughter is having a tough time and to the rest of the family thank u for calling the athorities bless you

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | Report this
rick.vieira.581

I'm sorry for your loss Paula. I am sad yet happy we were able to find him to give his family closure. If we werent there I believe they would not have found him for a few days..

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