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Jumper Saved

Posted on 10th June 2013 at 16:40

A 47 year-old man is undergoing mental evaluation and treatment at Saint John Medical Center, after he was talked out of jumping off of the Lewis and Clark Bridge yesterday morning. The bridge was shut down at about 7:45 yesterday morning, when it was reported that a man had climbed over the railing near the construction area at the top of the bridge, and was preparing to jump. The Coast Guard was alerted and the Cowlitz Dive Rescue Team was called out, as traffic on the bridge and on the river was shut down. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that a Rainier Police Officer was on the scene first, and started talking with the man. Cowlitz County Deputy Dan Sheridan was there next, and took over the negotiation. With help from several Deputies, they were able to talk the man back over the railing, and he was taken into protective custody just after 8 am. The bridge re-opened to traffic at about 8:15. The man was unhurt, while he didn’t give a specific reason for wanting to jump, he reportedly said that he was “upset about everything.”