February 23, 2010

Police subdue would-be bridge jumper

By Craig Crosby ccrosby@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA -- Police were at the Calumet Bridge at Old Fort Western for a report of a would-be jumper Monday, less than a week after a man fell to his death there.

Police and a mental health worker successfully intervened Monday when they coaxed an unidentified woman into accepting help, Augusta police Sgt. Christopher Massey said.

The woman had reportedly gone to the Calumet Bridge with the intention of jumping, though she never left the bridge's sidewalk, Massey said.

A 41-year-old Augusta man fell from the bridge on Wednesday. His body was found Thursday after several agencies, including a Maine State Police dive team, searched the river for nearly 12 hours overnight. Witnesses told police the man was standing outside the railing when he lost his footing and fell into the river.

The man had never threatened to harm himself.

Monday's incident, however, began as a report from a crisis center that the woman had threatened to jump off the bridge, Massey said. The woman was found on the bridge shortly after 6 p.m., about an hour after police received the initial report, Massey said.

The bridge remained open to traffic throughout the incident, Massey said.

Craig Crosby -- 623-3811, ext. 433

ccrosby@centralmaine.com

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