Published: August 27, 2011
Burnham Coastguards called to bridge jumper in Bridgwater

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Bridgwater this evening (Saturday, August 27th) to assist police with an incident in which a person had jumped from a high bridge into the River Parrett.

A team of four Coastguards was called to the roadway over the river in Western Way at 6.10pm after police raised concerns for the welfare of a man who was spotted jumping from the tall road bridge into the water below.

Burnham Coastguard Officer Stuart Browning told "We were called to assist police in dealing with the situation."

"Fortunately, the man managed to get out of the river himself despite the fast-flowing water conditions and bridge's height."

The tide was quickly coming in at the time, with the result that the man could easily have been swept upstream and into difficulty.


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