Ipswich: Body of woman recovered from river after person jumps from Orwell Bridge

Body recovered from the River Orwell Body recovered from the River Orwell

Friday, January 24, 2014
9:26 AM

A body was recovered from the River Orwell after a member of the public reported seeing somebody jump from the Orwell Bridge yesterday.

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A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “Just after 1pm police received a call from a member of the public reporting that they had just seen somebody jump off the Orwell Bridge.

“Moments later police were contacted by the ambulance service who had received a similar call.

“Officers attended to check both the bridge and underneath it, and the coastguard were also alerted.

“At 1.20pm police found the body of a female. Officers are currently working to identify her and trace next of kin.”

11 comments

  • Six years ago I attempted to take my own life under the wheels of a lorry. At that time in my life I was deeply depressed and truly saw no way forward, I did not want to live life anymore and wanted to be at peace, On that morning, my state of mind was not rationally balanced enough to think of the lorry driver or the emergency services who would have to deal with the after effects. Of course now that I am 100% well again mentally I can think how distressing my actions would have been for the lorry driver and others afterwards. So, please don't be too harsh on this girl, just feel very sad that whatever life was throwing at her was truly just too much for her to cope with or think rationally about. As a society what needs to happen is we all need to change our attitudes towards mental health issues, not judge and in some cases even ostracise friends and family because they are struggling with their emotional health but give them just a little of our time.

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    Reader59

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • The star is glorifying it by keeping it at the top of the news. Its hard enough for the family to deal with the current situation, without having it kept at the top of the news. And TWO stories rather than just an update. Then to go on about others jumping too. See the homes on the old st clements site debate for the answer.......

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    Joe bloggs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • She had her reasons. We will never know why. Time now for EVERYONE to respect that and her family and give them some privacy now. As a mark of respect i think the star should now remove this story instead of glorifying the fact some poor soul felt driven to suicide.

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    Joe bloggs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Itchy, it's a shame people around her didn't think about her needs. Read up on depression please.

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    carrottop

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Might I suggest that the practices of (in inverted commas) "The Crisis Team" for Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal mental health services are formally questioned as well as the The Highways Department ? The Highways Department can perhaps modify the bridge but they are not professionally trained and paid to do the job of mental health care and I know that I am not alone in the view that in times of desperate need to be given a card with a number on and told it's a 247 link, can in some cases be as much use as a chocolate fire guard! Perhaps your paper could also make known that The Samaritans have a phone either side of the bridge and unlike the "The Crisis Team" Samaritans will pick up that bridge phone as priority.

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    Reader59

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Ipswich entrepreneur i have never read such rubbish you make comments with no foundation ,you know the person do you? i don't think so , so until the facts come out i would be helpful if the likes of you keep to the truth

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    pandy

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I bet its the Jobcentre to blame. I just hope its not someone who has left behind kids. Mr M... its selfish people who think its selfish to jump from a bridge. A bit of empathy of todays struggle would be appreciated. So many people including families in Ipswich are getting their supplies from food banks as they are that poor. Elsewhere the Government is investing in water cannons as they are concerned the tension of the austerity measures will boil over to disorder. They refused to consider water cannons before, even in the riots, they must know something we don't.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Very sad to hear that this bridge has claimed yet another life. How many more lives have to be lost before the Highways Agency acts and builds a fence? Those determined to take their lives will, of course, climb a fence, but the extra time it takes would increase the chance of emergency services getting to the scene in time to talk someone down. Maybe it is time for another Ipswich Star campaign?

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    IpswichSpy

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I have to agree with you on your views. The crisis team let my brother down.....it's all about their training but they need to put it into practice....shouldn't it be the patient first.

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    carrottop

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • We may never know the reason why this lady took her own life, what we do know is that the despair she must have felt which drove her to this fate must have been overwhelming...she had her reasons she should not be judged or condemned on the why she done it....RIP

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    ukmartian

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Please may I pass on my sincere condolences to the friends and family of the deceased who saw no other way out of whatever was going on in her life but to end it. They are in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. I don`t think the Star have glorified this news story at all ? I don`t think the Star should remove these comments, it`s a debate and so long as it is monitored, debate of this kind can only be a positive way forward to raise awareness of emotional health, depression and the tragedy of suicide ? If The Star can raise debate on any other sensitive news story why can`t it also raise debate on suicide if monitored by the editorial team before publication ? Why should mental health and suicide issues remain taboo subject we are in the 21st Century now and suicide is no longer a criminal offence. I think though, that The Star should remove the one negative comment in this debate that might cause family and friends of the bereaved distress. The Star should leave all other comments as they empathise with the deceased and her family and can only bring them comfort. Given the sensitive nature of this news story I do think The Star should monitor all future comments before they are made public to spare the bereaved distress or anyone else who has lost a loved one in such a way. I have just watched Piers Morgan Life Stories and think the description the soap star actress gave of her depressive illness and suicidal thoughts, from her own experience and with empathy demonstrated how desperate a person might be feeling. Generally and not in relation to the deceased in this story;- Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or years down the line, if a friend, work colleague or family member is suffering from depression don`t be scared, don`t exclude them, don`t turn a blind eye hoping it will go away, don`t treat them like a leper, don`t label them, don`t ostracise them from your life forever more because they are or were once suffering from a depressive illness, just like a broken leg heals - a once broken mind can heal too and people do get better from mental illness ! Instead, just show that you do care, pick up the phone and say "Hi how are you feeling today, you know where I am" or if you can`t do that then just drop them an email, a text or note to simply say "Hi thinking of you and you know where I am". If they do want to talk then listen without making judgement, just listen that`s all it takes. That call, email, text or note might just pull the person out of a very dark place and to know that someone cares will mean the world to them.

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    Ben Walpole

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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