Coast Guard Assists in Search for Bridge Jumper

 MIAMI – The Coast Guard assisted state and local search and rescue partners after receiving a mayday call shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, reporting a person jumped off the Las Olas Bridge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale immediately launched a 25-foot rescue boat and began searching for the person in the water. At about 9 p.m. a marine unit with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue recovered a man who was reported to be unconscious and unresponsive.

The marine unit attempted to resuscitate the victim and subsequently transferred him to local EMS for transport to Broward General Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m.

The person was a member of the Navy stationed aboard the USS Truman which is in Fort Lauderdale for a port call. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

“The family, friends and shipmates of this sailor have our deepest sympathy,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “We respond to calls for help with the hope of saving lives and it is always hard when lives are lost.”

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