Bridge plunge fight for life

PARAMEDICS failed to revive a would-be suicide who called for help after surviving a 140 foot plunge from the Orwell Bridge today.The man, believed to be in his thirties, yelled to rescuers after he survived the plunge and swam to a concrete pontoon at the base of the bridge.

PARAMEDICS failed to revive a would-be suicide who called for help after surviving a 140 foot plunge from the Orwell Bridge today.

The man, believed to be in his thirties, yelled to rescuers after he survived the plunge and swam to a concrete pontoon at the base of the bridge.

An unnamed driver, travelling westwards across the bridge, called police at 7.41am and said: "I think I have just seen someone jump off the Orwell Bridge."

Within minutes lifeboats from Harwich, Holbrook and Thames coastguard began combing the river while a crew at nearby RAF Wattisham was put on stand by.


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At just after 8am, a crew from Holbrook lifeboat spotted the man clinging to the concrete base of the bridge shouting for help.

See tonight's Evening Star for full story…

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