Coastguards called to bridge jumper in Bridgwater
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.
Coastguard Officer Stuart Browning told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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.