Mackinac Bridge jumper rescued by the Coast Guard
Thu, 30 May 2013 12:18:18 GMT —
Rescue crews were called to the Mackinac Bridge after a man was seen jumping into the water.
The Coast Guard was called to the area Wednesday around 6am after a witness reported the man jumping from the lower section on the east side of the Mackinac Bridge.
A crew from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace was dispatched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small. In addition, a helicopter was requested from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, but it was delayed due to weather that included poor visibility in the Straits area.
The rescue boatcrew arrived on scene and deployed a life ring with a strobe to determine set and drift. The boat crew was able to locate and rescue the man, who was floating on his back and was conscious about one mile from the bridge.
The rescue crew stabilized him on a backboard, and he confirmed he was the one who jumped from the bridge. The man was taken to the hospital. His condition is not known at this time.
The bridge spanâ??s estimated height is approximately 75 feet above the water.
â??Accurate and timely information provided by 911 dispatch allowed quick location of the individual in spite of heavy fog conditions,â?? said Lt. Rich Sansone, search-and-rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie. â??Precise location data enhances search-and-rescue planning, decreases Coast Guard response time, and ultimately translates to significantly increased odds of survival for any victim or person in distress.â??