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.

skippy September 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Boro has a scuba dive team? Do u mean pt. beach ?
summerblus September 15, 2012 at 07:13 PM
hope the person is getting pych. help
doc September 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
No the Boro has a dive team also
bayboat September 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
The bridge isn't that tall. Bad bridge for a suicide.
KingNeptune September 15, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Criminal charges pending and a big bill from the federal government, no doubt.
So Much to Say September 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I hope you're right!!!
Jesse James Delcorpo September 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
i was at the river beach when they showed up to look for him they said the bridge controller saw him jump. after we looked for like an hour i figured the were looking for a body.
Jesse James Delcorpo September 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
the coast guard, bricktown rescue,point rescue,and 2 recue boats that came from manasquann direction were there within 30 mins. deffinitly big bill for all that
Jesse James Delcorpo September 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
its the currant that will get you not the fall
Donna September 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM
And we are not releasing his name why?
BrickAmericanMan September 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I see lots of teenagers jumping off the other bridges every summer...never the canal though! wonder if he or she had friends with the jumper egging him on.
Typical Obama Voter September 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
We used to jump off the old Rt 70 bridge next to Petersons Riviera Inn, aka River Rock cafe. Back in the 70s you would always see kids jumping and diving off the white and green bridges that cross Beaver Dam Creek off Princeton Ave and also the Rt 70 twin Bridges between the Laurelton Diner, aka Rainbow, and the old Foodtown. Same with the old Mantoloking bridge. Thats when kids were kids and they knew how to have fun. That and no one had swimming pools back then
Dan mileaf September 16, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I had to swim to school everyday... into the current.... both ways :-)
Beach lover September 16, 2012 at 02:06 AM
with your brother on your back
David Daur September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Of course the Boro has a dive team! They took silver in the Olympics this summer!
none of yobusiness September 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I too swam back and forth against the current carrying my little brother on my back. And I managed to keep my books dry. Boy it sure was cold during the winter. We didnt have much money so I had to share my coat with my little brother. Not to mention the holes in my shoes from walking so much.
lisa September 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
i hope they throw this person in jail until he pays for ALL the services that risked their lives to save him.
mike September 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Point boro Fire Dept as water rescue team, and the Point Pleasant Beach EMS have a dive team
patriotmfd September 16, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Why spend all this money to save him and now you want to send him to jail and touchier him more in jail….. He wanted to get out of here so let him be free and decide for himself. Too much government again and it cannot fix everything.
DOCTOR ANDY September 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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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