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Dive Teams Find Two Who Jumped From Bridge; One Survivor

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

May 19, 2010

BOSTON – One man died and another man survived after jumping from the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge into the Charles River Tuesday night, State Police said.

The men jumped around 11 p.m. from the bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge, Sergeant Matthew Murray, a State Police spokesman, said.

State Police troopers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney’s office are investigating, Murray said.

A State Police trooper who was called to the scene threw his cruiser’s spare tire into the water, providing a makeshift flotation device for the man who was rescued, State Police said in a statement. The trooper then threw to the man a rope attached to the bridge. A firefighter in a water survival suit entered the water and held the man until the State Police Marine Unit arrived, the Boston Fire Department said.

The 27-year-old Dorchester resident was in the water for about 20 minutes, and was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for evaluation, State Police said.

Witnesses told police that the other man, a 28-year-old Hyde Park resident, was the first to jump into the water. His body was recovered by Cambridge Fire Department divers around 12:20 a.m., officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police said.