Man dies after Orwell Bridge plunge

AN Ipswich man died today after he plunged more than 120ft from the Orwell Bridge.Emergency services treated the man at the base of the bridge after the fall, but he died en route to hospital.

AN Ipswich man died today after he plunged more than 120ft from the Orwell Bridge.

Emergency services were called at 9.30am after a car was apparently abandoned on the bridge.

Just before 10am three rescuers were on the concrete at the base of one its stanchions.

It appeared police were directing operations from the top of the bridge after the 28-year-old was found towards the Nacton side.

Police officers, an ambulance crew, and coastguards were all at the scene.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said they were originally told that the victim had fallen into the water.

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Thames Coastguard confirmed they were called out to the waters beneath the bridge.

Three of the crew went on to the rocks below the bridge and gave the man first aid. Initially he appeared not to be seriously injured. However despite, treatment his condition deteriorated and he subsequently died en-route to hospital.

Sue Gipps witnessed the police activity as she was driving towards Felixstowe around 9.30am with her husband Alan.

Mrs Gipps said two officers were on the Orwell bridge on the Copdock-bound carriageway looking at what appeared to be a grey car which was parked at the top of the structure.

Mrs Gipps said: “When we went by there was a police Landrover Discovery and a grey car which looked to be abandoned.

“One officer was looking in the car and the other was looking over the bridge. As we came down from the bridge a Volvo estate police car was going towards the bridge with its sirens on.”

A police spokesman confirmed they were investigating an incident on the Orwell Bridge.

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