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.