Man Survives Jump from Jamestown Bridge
A man in his late 20s was rescued by the Coast Guard after jumping from the Jamestown Bridge.
A man who jumped from the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge Saturday night got another chance at life after surviving the 135-foot fall.
According to the Providence Journal, Jamestown Harbormaster Sam Paterson received a call that a man had jumped from the bridge's center span and into Narragansett Bay around 8:30 p.m. Paterson took his boat to check the bridge's pillars, where the man would be if he was alive. According to the Journal, Paterson found the man clinging to a mass of mussels and calling "help me, help me."
Coast Guard crews assisted Paterson in transported the man (described as in his late 20s) to Plum Beach Club where North Kingstown Fire Rescue treated and brought him to Rhode Island Hospital. According to Fire Chief Fenwick Gardiner, the man did not break any limbs in the fall but most likely sustained internal injuries.
Though Gardiner estimates that his department responds to about four jumpers from the bridge, survivors are "not typical."
"It just wasn't his time to go, I guess," said Gardiner.