Coast Guard rescues alleged bridge jumper

A Coast Guard HC-144 aircraft

HC-144 USCG file photo

MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard rescued a man who had reportedly jumped off the Dauphin Island Parkway Bridge, into Mobile Bay, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the report of a 35-year old male who had allegedly jumped from the Dauphin Island Parkway Bridge at approximately 6:25 p.m., from the Dauphin Island Police Department.

Sector Mobile launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island, an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile to assist.

After arriving on scene, the crew of the HC-144 spotted the man and was able to direct the crew of the 25-foot response boat to his position. The crew of the 25-foot response boat brought the conscious man aboard and transported him back to Station Dauphin Island where EMS was standing by.

“The teamwork of the Coast Guard and the Dauphin Island Police Department, in conjunction with the quick response of the crews, aided in an effective rescue and saved a man’s life tonight,” said Ensign Tim Williams, command duty officer for Sector Mobile.

The condition of the man is unknown.

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