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2018 jump events

updated: 07.14.18
we post everything we know.
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07.10.18: jumper, male, hit water, survived for awhile, died later
Stephen Palmeri, 36
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
07.10.18, Adam g., stopped vehicles south bound message: 4 or more vehicles stopped looking over south bound. Any word?

07.10.18, anon, 36yr old male jumper, survived. picked up by a goodsam who heard a splash in the water. goodsam picked jumper from water once he realized he was still alive.. transferred to fireboat who took them to oneils marina for EMS.

07.10.18, Mark J., IONTBfb, Police still on scene smaller Hyundai or Kia sedan greenish gray color. Very minimal slow down. Southbound. 2:54pm, People rubbernecking.

07.10.18, Beth B., facebook, Current 911 calls. Report in a scanner group of an unoccupied vehicle on top of the Skyway with a pair of flip flops next to the car. Coast Guard is out. No other information.

07.10.18, Stephanie Z., facebook, My husband just came over the north bound side of the bridge, said a car abandoned and several cop cars at the top.

07.10.18, anon, Heard a splash while fishing by the skyway. Found a guy trying to swim. Pulled him into boat and transferred to fire boat on the way to Maximo. He didn’t survive. If you are thinking about doing this please please seek help. Young boys didn’t need to learn about this like they did today.

07.10.18, anon, Tampa, stephen p. jumped. he had demons but its not him i worry about. its the family he left behind.

any more info is welcome.
07.10.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Watch for slowdowns on the bridge. Law enforcement investigating after a person was retrieved from the water below by a good samaritan vessel. Person transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

07.10.18,, Man jumps from Sunshine Skyway Bridge, cops say.
A spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon a person had jumped from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Someone saw the man and was able to get to them while he was still alive, the spokesman said. However, he did not survive.
No other information was immediately available.
A gold four-door sedan with its flashers on was seen parked near the peak of the Sunshine Skyway.
Traffic was slightly delayed southbound on the bridge Tuesday afternoon.

07.10.18,, Off-duty Winter Haven firefighter tries to save man who jumped off the Sunshine Skyway; The firefighter was fishing in a nearby boat.
TAMPA, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they responded to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Tuesday afternoon after a man jumped off the bridge.
Off-duty firefighter and EMT, Tim Magee, heard a splash and saw the man in the water.
"He just kept saying help me, help me," said Magee.
Magee didn't think twice. He was with six people in a boat when they rushed over to help the man.
"He said he jumped and from there, we had to get his name and age from the Coast Guard," said Magee.
Magee has worked as a firefighter for the city of Winter Haven for nearly 10 years.
"I was very surprised, he was still alive. Even at 30 feet, you are most likely going to die from that fall," said Magee.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the man who jumped was taken to a hospital, but later died.
FHP said the Skyway Bridge ranks as one of the most common bridges in the country for people taking their own lives.
FHP said three (correction: 13) people died in 2017 from jumping off the bridge. In 2016 and 2015, 12 people died.
There are six telephones across the Skyway Bridge for people to use if they are contemplating suicide. The phones connect to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
Intervention Specialists say look for warning signs including isolation or a change in a loved one's behavior.
"Feeling hopeless and saying they're a burden to their family or friends," said Liza Cepeda, Program Manager.
The Crisis Center said it has seen an increase in calls, but that's a positive thing because it means people are getting help.
If you or a loved one needs help you can call 2-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. (more help.)
*from the news desk:
   if you're going to use statistics from this website in your news article, perhaps check in on the same day you are going to use them, instead of digging up 16 month old numbers. also, minimal research would reveal that jumpers do not jump from "430 feet high". it's considerably less than half of that, at around 191'.
*from 'the journalist intern 101'
 Stephen Palmeri   Stephen Palmeri

07.10.18, Mary P., facebook, First and foremost, I hope anyone thinking of jumping gets the help they need. Pick up the call box phone, call a friend, a loved one... call a hospital.
Secondly, jumping off a major bridge rarely kills you on impact. It is possibly the most brutal and painful way to do this. You shatter all your bones, and bob and slowly suffocate - if not in the water, than your own blood. The stories of the few survivors out there should be heard. And if you are found alive, your condition is impossible to predict. Vegetative state, paraplegic, quadriplegic... please, please think about this.

07.10.18, Sheila K., IONTBfb, A friend of mine was driving by and saw him get out of his car and jump!

07.14.18, Blair, Trout Creek, Canada, How bizarre the human brain works... from a suicide jump adjacent to an unused help phone on the SSB, to crying for help from a nearby boat, seconds after hitting the water: "He just kept saying help me, help me"... we can only wonder how many people change their mind immediately after leaping from the bridge, with no turning back from the force of gravity. I guess this would be an interesting poll of those who survived; how many changed their mind while they were free-falling. (we have heard that the percentage is closer to 100% and that it is immediately after the leap. one can only imagine the mindset of an individual on the edge, both figuratively and physically. the letting go and the immediate regret, then the intense pain and slow lingering death. tragic. thanks for the contact, it's nice to hear from you again.) 

facebook incident posts
07.06.18: jumper, 9:27pm, hit water, survived
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
07.06.18, Tim, Palmetto, regarding: Jumper 7/6/18, 21:45, message: GRID 723S MEDICAL
R11, D5, LR1, PD3, 337, FB11, E3, USCG, FFWC, T11, E11, ECSR5, PCSOM, HCSO, E
Not sure of outcome, but my wife called me and she was going over the bridge right as emergency crews were responding. (acronyms)

07.08.18, Chris W., facebook, We saw this man walking facing northbound traffic and called 911 at 927 pm then saw police heading there two minutes later he had a distance yet to walk to get to top so either he jumped at lower part or police didn’t get him in time he was wearing a backpack we wondered if maybe to weigh himself down. We were up all night thinking about this and was hoping it was nothing... very sad and pray he recovers. (if he indeed jumped from a lower portion of the bridge, then that would explain his better than average ability to survive his jump. the pitch of the deck is rather steep, so it does not take much distance from the top, to descend to a less lethal elevation.)

any more info is welcome.
07.06.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 2134, 0217, 4h43m
07.06.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Watch for slowdowns as rescue crews work atop the span in the northbound lanes. update: Person pulled from the water below holding onto the bridge. Conscious and going to Bayfront.
facebook incident posts
06.29.18: save, male
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
06.29.18, Claudia H., facebook, Just a heads up I just saw a man walking on the Northbound side of the bridge towards the top span. I called FHP and they said they received several calls and we're sending people out it was on the Pinellas County side of the bridge. I was driving north. He was walking against traffic headed south towards the span. later: I called for an update from fhp. They said they removed him from the bridge later: I saw the fire truck and 2 ems trucks headed south from Pinellas to come back north bc of Pinellas county jurisdiction. He was on a mission. They said other ppl called so that's good news. I've only ever seen empty cars and police. Never an actual person. So it wrecked my whole day with wonder. Oh well. I have to hope I helped save someone from something terrible

07.03.18, Jeffrey P., Tampa, Florida, (male, used crisis phones, didn't jump, taken away), He was my uncle. He is currently getting therapy.

any more info is welcome.
06.15.18: jumper, 6:45am, died, body found
John Charles Wright, 53
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
06.15.18, Kelley C., St Petersburg, There was a lot of first responder activity on the south bound lanes this morning at 7 am. What was that all about?

06.15.18, Tim, Palmetto, Pinellas County EMS/Fire Administration, active call as of Fri Jun 15 2018 07:43:19, GRID 723S, MEDICAL, Happened approximately 0700 AM

06.15.18, lisa b., clearwater, fl., abandoned car on bridge per local radio, southbound lane closed

06.15.18, Teri M., facebook, This morning. Lots of police looking over the bridge as I went by about 710am  

06.15.18, John M., St Pete, FL., Heard confirmed on radio, 102.5, about 0730 this morning. Body recovered. If they mentioned a name; then I missed it. When I passed, around 0705, while going Northbound, EMS was rolling South down the hill and about 12 State Troopers at top. I could not see nor confirm patrol boat in the water.

06.15.18, Terri K., IONTBfb, Passed by as they're hooking up vehicle. Looked to be a Honda Element, blue in color.

06.15.18, Jane D.,

any more info is welcome.
06.15.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0638, 1616, 9h38m 
06.15.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Expect delays in the southbound lanes as emergency crews arriving onscene of a suicide from the top of the bridge. Marine units enroute.
Update: Body recovered by marine unit from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. Confirmed death. 
 John Charles Wright   John Charles Wright

06.16.18, Laura O., facebook, Made me sad I passed the car and police at about 7:30am. It was my birthday and had just lost a friend to suicide the previous morning. I cried all the way to work. We have to do something I this world to change the mental health of people. What is that bad??? So very sad. Prayers for all

facebook incident posts
06.03.18: save, 6:00pm
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06.03.18, Billy C., facebook, guy hanging over the ledge on top of skyway. He rode his bike up it.

06.03.18, Donna L., facebook, They got him he's now in back of cop car.

06.03.18, facebook, Friend went over bridge about 30 mins ago, bicycle at jumper box - appears they got to guy before he jumped.

any more info is welcome.
06.03.18: possible jumper, 6:42am
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
06.03.18, Shannon S., facebook, 6:42am, Jumper on south side? Cops and empty car right now. I was heading to work in st pete this am. Like 6 cop cars and an empty car at the top.

06.03.18, Ryan W., fb plugin, 2 Cops on top of the bridge on the southbound side investigating a suspicious car.

any more info is welcome.
06.03.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / NON VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 0600, 0817, 2h17m
06.01.18: possible jumper, 9:30am
06.01.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 0931, 1425, 4h54m

any more info is welcome.
05.31.18: possible jumper, 9:00am
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
06.02.18, Allie M., facebook, We were under the skyway and a car was stopped in front of a jumper box ... didn’t see a person but Sheriff’s boat, Sheriff’s helicopter circle over us and very low, and saw Eckerd college and FIsh & wildlife. Saw no cops on the bridge

any more info is welcome.
05.31.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0910, 1122, 2h12m
05.30.18: possible save, 7:00pm, male, never jumped
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
05.30.18, Bill, Male on northbound looking over.

05.30.18, anon, st petersburg, (7:00pm, male, never jumped), I have spoken to the sergeant in charge of this area before as I am a daily commuter. I said there has to be something citizens in the are can do. He was very rude and informed me they have cameras on there to watch activity.
Driving home from work I saw a young male looking over northbound and after realizing what was going on I pulled around and entered southbound. I was able to speak with him from the median after crossing and he got into his car after a moment or two and drove off. No one else bothered stopping. A cop approached after I got back into my car for a minute or two and said he had been stopped at the bottom of the bridge.
Think about how long that was that I was able to exit and re-enter and get across and talk. Is there something we can do locally to expedite a process of getting nets up there or civilian volunteer shifts?
This is happening way too much. Please note I will not post pictures as I only did it in an attempt to secure his license plate number as he drove down the bridge.

any more info is welcome.
05.30.18,, (acronyms)

05.30.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1507, 1817, 3h10m
05.29.18: jumper, 12:00pm, male, died, body not found
Daniil Rostvinsky (Rostvinschii), 21
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
05.29.18, Bill, Doesn’t look good, likely another person today

05.29.18, Tracy, Ruskin, (12:30pm), Just came over Skyway southbound. Coast Guard, police and rescue there. Appear to be looking for a jumper. Car at the top of the bridge.

05.29.18, Beth B., facebook, Current 911 calls. Report in a scanner group of an unoccupied vehicle on top of the Skyway with a pair of flip flops next to the car. Coast Guard is out. No other information.

05.29.18, Emily R., facebook, My husband just sent me a text message, he’s stopped at the top of the skyway bridge. Lots of cars are stopped. He thinks there’s a jumper. later: Yep. That’s what it appears to be. He just passed the medical crew and the sheriffs department.

05.29.18, Courtney P., This is all I have... I don't know what else to say...

05.29.18, Aiden, St. Petersburg, Saw jumper today going southbound while ubering around noon. Saw coast guard helicopters searching on my way back.

05.29.18, Steve, Englewood, florida, I saw the guy get out of his car and climb over the barrier and jump today when i was going south on the bridge.

05.29.18, Court P., facebook, a dark blue Honda Civic with black rubber flip flops in front of it

05.29.18, Tommy V., facebook, Was there... at least 5 boats, coast guard and hcso chopper... and saw many police vehicles. Sad

05.30.18, LLewis, St.Petersburg, regarding: Jumper 5-29-18, As I was driving northbound over the Skyway bridge I notice a person to my left in the southbound lanes just walked over and jumped over the wall of the skyway and disappeared. I went to the northbound rest stop and did a U-turn to go back to assure myself that what I just witnessed really happened. SO SAD 😞

there are numerous reports of two different jumper incidents, a male and a female.
any more info is welcome.



05.29.18,, (acronyms)

05.29.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1206, 1808, 6h2m
05.29.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1244, 1246, 0h2m
05.29.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Rescuers on and below the Skyway bridge after reports of a person jumping from the bridge. Left a vehicle in the southbound lanes. #MoveOver

05.29.18,, Florida Highway Patrol troopers were called to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Tuesday after receiving reports that someone abandoned their vehicle and jumped from the bridge, according to FHP public affairs officer Sgt. Steve Gaskins.
The Florida Highway Patrol live traffic map website showed troopers responded to a suicide on the bridge shortly after noon Tuesday, blocking the outside southbound lane.
Southbound traffic on the bridge was slowed to a crawl around 2 p.m. as two police cars were pulled over behind an abandoned blue, 4-door vehicle.
Troopers say the vehicle was left running on the bridge. As of midday, there has been no recovery of a body.
The case has been turned over to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
 Daniil Rostvinsky

 Daniil Rostvinsky

 Daniil Rostvinsky

Daniil Rostvinsky -
06.29.18, Angel V., facebook, Hey. On May 29, a guy jumped from the sunshift bridge (it happened in the morning). This is our close friend. We do not know whether he is alive or dead. Help us please. Maybe you have a video of this jump. Thanks in advance. (we are not on the list to receive an official skyway jumper video from anyone in charge of such things. there are tower mounted remote controlled video cameras at the 10.4 and 10.6 mile markers, monitoring the common jumping points, which are primarily around the crisis phones. we keep hearing denials that these cameras record these events and even that the cameras are there for traffic monitoring purposes only. we have still shots from these cameras, of jumper activity, posted on this site. we firmly believe that the powers-that-be are lying, when they say they do not record jumper activities. there would be no logical reason for them not to record. we used to have web access to the still shot images, but those are now restricted. anyone with access, is more than welcome to anonymously pass along that information. taxpayers pay for them and they should have access to the imagery they take and record.)

facebook incident posts
05.23.18: possible something
05.23.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / NON VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 0348, 0645, 2h57m

any more info is welcome.
05.22.18: possible something
05.22.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 0909, 1432, 4h23m

05.22.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, SKYWAY BG, 1440, 1531, 0h51m

any more info is welcome.
05.18.18:  jumper, 10:11pm, male
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, 35
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
05.18.18, Kaleigh R., St. Petersburg, FL., (10:30pm), My boyfriend and I were driving NB back to St. Pete from Sarasota. On the SB side, there was an ambulance and many police officers/rescuers going through the trunk and interior of a grey sedan. (not sure what make/model) Officials were looking over the sides to see if they could see anyone. Any more info would be greatly appreciated! Thoughts & prayers to those affected.

05.19.18, Jeremy, Largo, FL., (05.18.18, 12:30am, male), I was on my police scanner last night and heard the U.S.Coast Guard say they were looking for a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. who may have been in the water from the center span of the bridge. The search was called off at 12:30am.

any more info is welcome.
05.18.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 2211, 0204, 3h53m
05.18.18, IONTBfb, Skyway: Expect delays on the Skyway Bridge as rescuers search for a reported jumper from the bridge. comments:
• Jeff M., Just drove by. Abandoned car was packed full of stuff. Doors open, three cop cars in front of it. Sad.
• Alyssa R., It's so heartbreaking to drive over the bridge and see those phones.
• Monica M., You know we drove over that bridge after someone jumped and I was traumatized just knowing someone just jumped to their death and I was looking at their vehicle. It’s hard to see and I can sympathize with her. It is so heartbreaking. That bridge scares the crap outta me.
 Jeffrey M. Bradshaw   Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
facebook incident posts 
05.02.18: possible something
05.02.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 1048, 1534, 4h46m

any more info is welcome.
05.01.18:  jumper, 11:45pm, male
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
05.04.18, Jamie, Bradenton, I also witnessed the jumper on 5/1 but it wasn’t at 11:45pm, it was late into the early morning hours of 5/2, around 1:30am (I was driving home from work) on the southbound side. I drive this bridge every day at all different times, and in just one year I’ve seen the aftermath of more than 5 jumpers. Sometimes before the cops arrive. Once I saw a woman, and thankfully they got her.

any more info is welcome.
05.01.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 2356, 0433, 4h37m
05.01.18, IONTBfb, Male jumper at 11:45 last night. southbound lanes, top of bridge. Left note
facebook incident posts 
04.22.18: possible something
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
04.22.18, Crystal M., facebook, Lots of police activity up top this afternoon [about 2pm] as I traveled NB. Also, many police yesterday (Sat 4/21) at the South rest area. Saw a blip on twitter that a body was found in the water. No other info. (04.21 activity is posted just below. as for 04.22, yours is the first notice of activity up there. we'll see if someone else has anything. thanks.)

any more info is welcome.
04.21.18: body found near the skyway, male
may or may not be a jumper's body or an incident involving the bridge.
04.21.18,, MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff's office is conducting a death investigation after a body was located just east of Joe's Island near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Deputies say a fisherman discovered the body of an unknown white male in the mangroves at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday.
The sheriff's office, along with members of the Florida Wildlife Conservation commision responded to the scene.
In a press release, deputies say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
No further information is available at this time. article includes video report.

04.21.18,, Fisherman discovers body in mangroves near Skyway Bridge
A man's body was found in a mangrove near Joe's Island Saturday afternoon, officials said.
According to a news release, a fisherman made the grim discovery around 1 p.m.
The man has been identified as a white male, but his name and age are not yet known.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.
An investigation is ongoing.
Joe's Island is located near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and is part of the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

04.21.18,, Fisherman finds body in mangroves near Skyway Bridge. Manatee deputies investigating
Terra Ceia, The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a body by a fisherman in the mangroves near Joe's Island Saturday afternoon.
According to a news release, a deceased white male was found at 1 p.m. just east of Joe's Island, which is part of the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Authorities do not know the identity or age of the person, but the sheriff's office said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
No further information was immediately available. The investigation is ongoing.

04.22.18,, Fisherman finds body in mangroves near Sunshine Skyway Bridge
An autopsy is planned to determine a cause of death.
TERRA CEIA, Fla. -- A man's body was found in the mangroves near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
A fisherman came across the body around 1 p.m. Saturday near Joe's Island, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office news release. The island is located just north of the northbound toll booth within the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.
The body is identified as a white male, but other details -- including age and the person's name -- are not yet known, officials say.
An autopsy is planned to determine a cause of death.

any more info is welcome.
04.19.18: possible jumper, 6:40pm
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
04.19.18, Paul W., 6:40pm North bound. Three police cars on South bound side, on on the north bound side. Looked like a person was in the car in the passenger side.

any more info is welcome.
04.17.18: possible jumper
04.17.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0846, 0855, 0h9m

any more info is welcome.
04.13.18: possible jumper
04.13.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE, SKYWAY BG, 0006, 0359, 3h53m

04.13.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 0801, 1325, 5h24m

any more info is welcome.
04.01.18: save
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
04.01.18, Karla N., twitter, I was driving this bridge 4/1/18 at 4am northbound and a small sedan was parked at the very top, right shoulder. I called 911. Hope it turned out well 😢😢😢 (yours is the only report we received.)

05.04.18, Jamie, Bradenton, regarding: Jumper on 4/1, I was also on my way to work early at 4am on Easter morning, 4/1, and saw the abandoned vehicle at the top on the northbound side with no one around.

06.11.18, anon, would like to inform that the one that happened early morning of 4-1 was rescued before jumping. Thank you.

any more info is welcome.
03.31.18: possible jumper, female
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
03.31.18, Tracy P., Naples, A woman pulled over at the top of the skyway. She stopped at the top of the Northbound lane. We called the police not sure what happened. (image taken 10:46am)

any more info is welcome.
03.28.18: possible jumper, 8:30am
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
03.28.18, Sherri H., Subject: 3/28 9:09am - Possible jumper, I was driving north on the Skyway this morning, and there were 3 FHP cars and a Road Ranger stopped at the top with their lights flashing. I was able to snap a picture of this officer looking over the edge. The odd thing was there was not other vehicle parked at the top.

03.28.18, Lisa I., 9:30 a.m. March 28 2018. There are 3 State troopers and a road ranger at the top of the Southbound lanes. all looking over the side and over into the water. Anyone know what is happening?

03.30.18, Bob S., facebook,

any more info is welcome.
03.28.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, REFER - FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, SKYWAY BG, 0832, 0835,0h3m

03.28.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, SKYWAY BG, 0941, 1149, 2h8m
03.28.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Expect delays northbound I-275 as first responders working on and below the bridge. Update: Reports of a person jumping off the bridge at approx 9:30 a.m. Search underway. comment:
• Darlene F., Just crossing bridge and feeling heavy hearted. can see responders looking over the side.
facebook incident posts
03.18.18: save, 8:15pm, male
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
03.18.18, Eric, I’m on the skyway bridge now heading north traffic is shut down was there a jumper today

03.18.18, Jenny M., 10:33 p.m. Two lanes southbound all brake lights stopped on the Skyway Bridge with multiple blue emergency lights at the top. No Northbound traffic that I can see coming over the hump at all.
Blue emergency lights spotted in the dark near the water at the base and a presently inactive ambulance was waiting at the bottom of the Northbound Lanes just before the side exit to the fishing pier.

03.18.18, ashley, st pete, top of the sky way closed with cop cars. stand still traffic. was there a jumper?

03.18.18, Kai C., facebook, Someone was just up there tonight getting ready to jump while I was driving over and the cops are trying to talk him down

03.19.18, Shauna, Bradenton, I was rerouted at approx 10:30-11:00pm per comments on the GPS people were saying there was a man who was contemplating jumping, I was wondering if you have any updates regarding this. Thank you!

03.19.18, Kara W., St. Pete, FL., (03.18.18, 10:30pm), There was an incident on the bridge. Very vague information when I called Highway Patrol. Bridge was shut down in both directions when I attempted to drive Northbound, Southbound reopened around 11pm. Toll taker said it was a jumper. There was a flatbed in rest area Northbound, a large police presence and as I drove over bridge, there was a dark pickup truck with Road Rangers and hood open and a white SUV type vehicle at peak of Northbound surrounded by state troopers. Didn't see a driver. Not sure what happened, but it didn't look good.

03.19.18, NT, St Pete, (03.18.18), Other websites said they were attempting to talk down a jumper. Backed up for more than an hour both directions.

03.19.18, Kc, (03.18.18, 930pm, male), As I was driving by the police were screaming at the man don't do this to your wife and your kids and I heard him reply you don't know anything about my family you don't know anything about my wife she is a fucking angel and then I heard the cops say then why are you doing this to your wife and your kids and I just drove off I could not continue to listen or watch for him to jump I'm not sure if he did jump I hope he did not

any more info is welcome.
03.18.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 2140, 0101, 3h21m
03.18.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Subject safely taken into custody by law enforcement atop the Skyway which closed the bridge for the last couple hours. - Subject was contemplating suicide. this comment from the facebook article stirred up a firestorm:
• Charlotte W., MmMmm smh. Stuck there on that bridge for hours waiting on someone to figure out if they still wanna be here or not. That sucks. If you're gonna do it, do it within 5 mins please. You're problems cost everyone hours of their time, and sone folks dont LIKE bridges, let alone being stopped on one with dozens of other vehicles to finish their night off smh. Damn. Sorry to be an ass, but that too was pretty assy

03.18.18,, PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has reopened in both directions after it was briefly closed Sunday night as officers tried to detain a suicidal man.
Around 8 p.m., traffic came to a standstill after someone saw the man the roadway.
Troopers arrived at the scene and hours later, the man was taken into custody.
All lanes of the bridge are back open, according to the FDOT's website.
No further details are available.

03.19.18,, Man who threatened suicide shuts down Skyway Bridge for several hours.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was closed for more than two hours Sunday until a reported suicidal person was taken into custody and authorities investigated a minor crash, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Officials received a call reporting the person around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a public affairs officer with Florida Highway Patrol said in an email to the Bradenton Herald. The man was taken into custody around 10:45 p.m.
The northbound lanes of the bridge were closed until officials had the person in custody, according to Gaskins. He added the southbound lanes were also later closed due to a minor crash.
All lanes were reopened by early Monday morning, Florida Department of Transportation traffic maps show.
03.29.18, Angela N., facebook, I'm so glad they were able to save him. It was very upsetting, thinking a person was ending their life as we sat in uncontrollable traffic.

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03.17.18: accident and/or possible something
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03.19.18, Ashley S., facebook, We were leaving Palmetto to travel to North Pinellas (approx 40 miles) and were given a 3.5 hour travel time. We made a u-turn at an “official use only” lane, and drove around the bay taking only an hour. Traffic was backed for miles.

03.19.18, Tom V., facebook, 2 car accident near one of the rest areas saturday

03.19.18, Dawn D., Clearwater, Fl., regarding: 03/17/18 Possible Jumper, I am wondering if there was a jumper Saturday afternoon between 2-4pm. There was a small accident on one end of the skyway but traffic was still at a stand still after that, then at the top there was a single empty vehicle with several police cars behind it. I waited to see if anyone posted about it but I don't see anything posted for Saturday.

03.19.18, Jennifer F., IONTBfb, Saturday was bad also. A crash, two disabled vehicles with flat tires and a car at the top, five police cars and no one in the car. Not sure if that was a jumper also??

any more info is welcome.
03.17.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, REFER - FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, SKYWAY BG, 1408, 1410, 0h2m
03.12.18: possible jumper
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03.12.18, Stephanie, I just drove over Skyway, empty car southbound...was there a jumper today?

03.12.18, anon, Today, 3/12 about 10:00am a gray/blue sedan parked on should near top of SB Skyway. No one present. Hopefully a mechanical failure only.

any more info is welcome.
03.01.18: jumper, 8:35am, male, hit water, died, body found
Norman Arthur Harris Jr., 57
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03.01.18, Mariana M., Bradenton, FL., We were driving to work on i75 NB this morning at 8:35am and right as we were at the top of the bridge we saw a white SUV stopped on NB. A male around 30 years old got out of the car, walked in front of it and jumped off the bridge immediately. He was wearing a red shirt and black shorts. We called 911 immediately.

03.01.18, Sherri H., I went over the northbound side of the bridge around 8:30 this morning. There was a large white SUV parked at the top with the flashers on. I was in the left lane so I wasn't able to see if anyone was in the vehicle. I called it in and passed the emergency vehicles heading in the opposite direction.

03.01.18, Ian, Parrish, FL., (8:45am), Commuting to work this morning I saw a white Cadillac SUV pulled over at the top of the Skyway heading Northbound with no driver. I also saw emergency personnel (Sheriff and Highway Patrol) responding to the scene. I've seen jumpers and abandoned cars several times before, and it's always very sad.

03.01.18, anon, What's going on this year?  

03.01.18, TM, Bradenton, Fl., I witnessed the tragedy this morning exactly as Mariana described. What struck me was how calmly everything unfolded. He didn’t pause for even a second. Naively, up until the moment he stepped off I kept thinking that he must have run out of gas and was going to the phone to call for assistance. Now I only wish that were true. My prayers go to those he left behind.

03.01.18, Bob S., facebook, I called it in. It was a New Cadillac Escalade on the Northbound side.

any more info is welcome.
03.01.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / NON VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 0837, 0841, 0h04m

03.01.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 0838, 1212, 3h34m
03.01.18, IONTBfb/, Male jumper about 8:35 this morning. Vehicle left in northbound lane. Body recovered by civilian boater. Deceased
 Norman Harris   Norman Arthur Harris Jr.

03.12.18, Tim C., facebook, I can't stand going over that ever since I seen the person jump to his death on 3-1-18 I seen his feet leave the wall an fly off the bridge I can't get that vision out of my head. reviewed Skyway Bridge — ★★. (just 2/5 stars? harsh.)

03.29.18, Joan C., facebook, I did not see the man go over but arrived the same time as the deputies who ran in front of the empty car and looked over the bridge. Just seeing the car haunted me for a couple of weeks.

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02.17.18: jumper, 12:30pm, male, hit water, died, body found
Kirk Bruce Fisher, 53
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02.17.18, Sonya M., St Petersburg, Activity on Skyway, Southbound at the top of the bridge gray van unoccupied with police activity later: (male, died, body found), Saw USCG bring the body to O'Neills around 1:30p.m.

02.17.18, Marlene A., fb plugin, We were stuck in traffic going over Skyway today. Abandoned car at top of bridge, lane closed, multiple police officers looking like they were investigating a possible jumper.

02.17.18, TJ, St Petersburg, FL., regarding: 2.17.2018 jumper body recovered, I was at maximo park again today exercising and seen the st Pete fire boat, FWC, Sheriff and Eckerd college boats all go racing out with sirens blaring in a single file line towards the skyway. About 1:30pm all four boats returned the fire boat, sheriffs boat headed to O'Neill's. So I walk with another patron over to where they dock to show him it was another jumper 2nd one in a week. The body was bagged on a back board. The body was rather large and appeared to be a male. Watch the officer and fire fighter open the bag to exam the body and both of them started to gag. I also spoke to a mother and her daughter who seen the car on top of the bridge and came to O'Neill's to witness the body laying on the ground being examined. The look of the daughters face was stoic. Sad to see two people in one week be delivered in a body bag.

any more info is welcome.
02.17.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 1232, 1814, 6h42m
 02.17.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: First responders responding to civilian vessel under the Skyway with a person that reportedly jumped from the southbound lanes.  
• Maria P., We had just anchored under the bridge in our boat to fish when I saw something out of the corner of my eye and then a huge splash .. the boat next to us said "that was a body" and went in the direction of the tide. I'm assuming he got the body because all the rescue people came right away. it was very shocking and such a sad day.
• Chad J., I was there as well, we were coming up under the bridge from west and saw it as it happened.
• Sherill D., My husband watched him climb over the barricade, and saw his face just before he jumped. He’s having a rough night, can’t get it out of his head.
 Kirk Bruce Fisher   Kirk Bruce Fisher


then there's this story:

11.14.16,, Armed man, upset about birthday, climbs fence at Tampa International
A man carrying brass knuckles and several knives climbed a fence Monday at Tampa International Airport and ran across a runway while upset about his birthday celebration.
Kirk Bruce Fisher, 52, of Palm Harbor, was upset about an incident, according to Tampa International, when he climbed the fence about 8 a.m. Monday.
According to the police report, Fisher had brought his dog to Tampa International earlier to abandon it in an effort to get revenge on his family for not celebrating his birthday properly.
A report said that he had three knives and a set of brass knuckles and was running toward the KC-135 tankers at the airport.
He was charged armed trespassing on property and carrying a concealed weapon. He has been released on bond.
At the time of his arrest he was wearing a white shirt with military epaulets on the shoulders. His shirt read: "not going down with the ship" written on the back.
Tampa International released this statement:
"Safety and security is top priority Tampa International Airport, and that includes perimeter and airfield security. We use a multi-layered approach to securing our airport and airfield and it is effective, with yesterday’s swift response being an example of this. We work closely with TSA, the FAA, our airfield tenants and our airlines to quickly identify and resolve security issues. Though the airport is secure and regularly receives high marks from regulators, we are always evaluating ways to enhance our perimeter security and procedures."

 Kirk Bruce Fisher    florida.arrests
02.18.18, facebook, Sonya M., I saw it yesterday so today at church I just thought about him. What was so bad? What monsters lied within? It just breaks my heart to know how alone he must have felt.

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02.10.18: jumper, 10:00am, male, hit water, died, body found
Clifford Joseph Hatina, 43
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02.10.18, Elena J. D., Riverview, FL., facebook, Reports of unattended truck on bridge and police on scene looking over. Traffic backed up.

02.10.18, Mark B., facebook, Someone just went

02.10.18, Bea, St Petersburg, (11:00am), Was just driving over the bridge going North, saw a black pick up truck, about 5 police cars, 1 ambulance on North side of bridge and 1 small fire truck on other side. Police were going through the pick up truck and there were about 5 rescue and policeman looking over the side of the bridge. later: I realized I had dash cam footage. NOTE, the dashcam is an hour ahead.

02.10.18, Unknown, St. Pete., Black pick up truck was parked on the highest point of the bridge today around 10:30am. 4 police on scene all looking down at the water when we drove by.

02.10.18, G., Palmetto, Empty car at top of bridge with door open.

02.10.18, Chris, Bradenton, This morning at approx 11:00 am crossing nb, ambulance and police car at top along with an unoccupied black truck. Officer was observed to be examining the crisis phone further along the bridge. Upon our return around 2:00 pm, the truck was being loaded onto a flatbed. It’s a gut wrenching feeling to think someone has jumped.

02.10.18, TJ, St Petersburg, Fl., regarding: Jumper white male recovered, 2.10.2018 Standard call out for a jumper in the water around 10am. Was at maximo park exercising seen fire truck, ambulance and several squads responding to top of skyway. Also two units responded to fireboat and responded lights and siren, SRT from Eckhart college responded soon after. About 20 minutes later Pinellas county sheriff's boat responded as well. Fireboat and sheriff boat returned to O'Neill's about 11am with recovered body onboard. I was exercising with a friend and stated there was a jumper she was in disbelief and didn't believe me. so I said let's take a walk over by the dock where they return to. And we witnessed the unloading of the body and the detective's examing the body. white male, middle age, light khaki shorts and looked like a blue shirt but it was hard to be certain as it was pulled up in the body bag. My friend broke down in tears just at the site of how distorted the body looked laying in the bag from impact with the water. We had a long conversation about what she had seen it was her first experience seeing a deceased person and a person in a body bag. We also had a talk about suicide. People life is precious and short already. No matter the situation the pain your feeling is temporary and things will get brighter. I live by this simple rule. If you feel like quitting finish today no matter how bad it is and quit tomorrow. And when tomorrow comes tell yourself the same thing I'll finish today and quit tomorrow. You will start to see the light and no matter how tough things get if you quit tomorrow you will be successful.

02.12.18, Scott, (02.10.18, 11:45am), I drove past a fire chief truck and he and another guy were looking over the edge. The were next to an abandoned vehicle.

any more info is welcome.
02.10.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, REFER - FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, SKYWAY BG, 1002, 1005, 0h03m

02.10.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1006, 1608, 6h02m
 Clifford Hatina   Clifford Joseph Hatina

02.11.18, April B., Personal dear friend of mine. God rest his soul.

02.16.18, anon, Cliff hatina you have always been a little brother to me may you and that big heart rest with Jesus fly high man you will never be forgotten

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02.04.18: probable jumper, 1:30pm
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02.05.18, Jamie, Bradenton, regarding: Jumper on 2/4 around 1:30pm, My family and I were on our way home (Bradenton) from Odessa. It was super windy and as we were traveling SB on the bridge, I saw emergency vehicles on the north pier with first responders looking into the water. Once at the top of the bridge we saw an ambulance, fire truck and police at the top- no abandoned car- all talking in a group and two looking over edge. Very sad sight.

02.18.18, anon, All the usual were called out for a jumper. EMS were on the bridge for about two hours looking over the edge. A St. Pete ambulance also headed over to Maximo park but I cannot be certain of the outcome. You should put a “probable” status on your website.

any more info is welcome.
01.31.18: possible jumper, 5:30pm, male
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01.31.18, Brenda W., facebook, I saw a man parked at the top of the Skyway about 530pm today. He ran across both lanes and jumped on the wall then i drove by. I hope he is ok and was just being stupid?

any more info is welcome.
01.31.18: possible jumper, 6:00am
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01.31.18, Brian, Bradenton, Just seen a possible jumper on top of the skyway bridge. Silver PT cruiser. No one inside. Fire dept and police on scene 6 am

01.31.18, c., facebook, Southbound just past the hump. Pt cruiser type car. Right now. Not sure it was anything bc of road ranger but figured I'd send. I didn't see anyone in car  
any more info is welcome.
01.22.18: possible breakdown
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01.22.18, Will G., Wimauma, FL., (4:30pm), Motorcycle stopped @ top of the bridge.

any more info is welcome.
01.10.18: attorney blog - Increase in Skyway Suicides Bring Awareness to Liability Issues
01.10.18,, The Sunshine Skyway is one of the most impressive sights in Tampa Bay. Passing through the waters of Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee counties, the bridge is 430 feet tall and spans four miles across. This makes it a perfect place to catch a stunning view of the breathtaking scenery and sparkling waters. Even Floridians who hate heights— and those who remember the horror of the original bridge’s collapse in 1980 - can probably admit that the bridge is part of our iconic landscape. At the very least, it is a convenient way to get across the bay.
But the Sunshine Skyway can also be a place of darkness. Last year, 13 people died by jumping off the bridge, making 2017 the worst year for bridge suicides since 2003. (worst year for jumper activity in general, since the bridge opened in 1954.)

Suicide in Tampa Bay and Beyond
In 2017, twelve people committed suicide by jumping from the Sunshine Skyway. A thirteenth death is unconfirmed. The victims include a 64-year-old man, a 55-year-old husband, and a 28-year-old man, potentially racked with guilt over his involvement in a fatal crash. Only five of the deaths were women. This is on par with national statistics, which report that men are 3.57 times more likely than women to die by suicide.
Across the nation, suicide is a major issue. It is the 10th leading cause of death, with 44,965 Americans dying every year. It affects people of all ages, genders, and races. But certain groups, like middle aged white men, LGBT+ youth, and people struggling with substance abuse, are more prone to suicide.

Lawsuit over Sunshine Skyway Death
As these statistics show, Tampa Bay is far from the only place in the United States with a suicide issue. But in the face of this recent rash of suicides, some Tampa Bay residents want to see changes. One victim’s widow is even taking legal action to draw attention to the topic of suicide in Tampa Bay. Two days before her husband jumped from the Sunshine Skyway in 2017, he was released from a local hospital. He had been committed by the Baker Act after a previous suicide attempt. His wife is now suing the hospital. She believes that it was negligent to release him so quickly, considering his previous attempt and mental state.
This case is unique. However, it’s not the first time a medical provider has been accused in a patient’s suicide. In 2008, a lawsuit over a Florida woman’s suicide was brought to the Florida Supreme Court. There, it was found that her doctor’s failure to see her, even after being informed that the patient had stopped taking her medications, played a role in her death.

Determining a Doctor’s Role
Determining negligence for a patient’s suicide can be a nuanced topic. But like in any other case involving a medical provider’s liability, there must be proof that:
• A doctor-patient relationship existed
• The medical professional violated the standard of care
• The patient suffered harm
• The violation directly caused the patient’s harm
Suicide is often a complex topic, and never an easy one. When a case involves trying to hold someone else, like a medical provider, liable for a loved one’s suicide, it becomes even more complex, although it is still important to seek justice, compensation, and answers. While 2017 might have been a bad year for Tampa Bay area suicides from the Sunshine Skyway, there is still hope that critical topics, like the role of medical providers in a patient’s suicide, will be addressed in 2018.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or ideation or know someone who needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
(curious if a case could be made against an entity, that created a structure that is a historically known and accepted draw for suicides, then doing squat little in an attempt to stop them.
#calltoactionmore suicide prevention helpthe baker act)

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01.09.18: article - Could netting prevent suicides on Sunshine Skyway Bridge?
01.09.18,, PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Two of America’s iconic bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the George Washington Bridge in New York, are undergoing major changes.
Both projects include the addition of a unique netting to help prevent suicides. Safety netting is being added along the outer edges of both high-span bridges.
The changes have News Channel 8 wondering about the possibility of one day seeing safety netting added to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, where three (correction: 13) people ended their lives by suicide in 2017 and 12 others committed suicide in 2016, according to The Florida Highway Patrol.
If there were to be any structural changes to the Skyway, they’d come through Florida’s Department of Transportation.
So, we reached out to FDOT to ask about the possibility.
The organization quickly responded and we learned a safety net concept is something the agency has reviewed before. “The safety of the traveling public on the state’s bridges is a top priority of the Florida Department of Transportation. The department has looked at a fencing system on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the past, however, FDOT has not found a system that would work and also allow inspection of the bridge.”
Adding more weight to each side of the bridge could possibly create instability for the mega structure.
One safety feature that’s helped save lives and has been in place for many years are the 24-hour emergency phones mounted at the top of each span.
Just by picking up one of those phones, that person will immediately be connected to a caring counselor at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. “If they’re having thoughts of suicide and they’re aware that a resource is available and they will not be judged and somebody will speak to them and care about them. It’s very successful,” says Ken Gibson with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. (if the suicidal uses the phone. most do not.)
If you, or anyone you know, is feeling desperate and just needs someone to talk to, simply dial 211. That will connect you to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s full time staff of sincere and compassionate counselors.

(this barrier would work. it hinges for inspections and deters jumpers. #calltoaction)

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01.08.18: article - Skyway suicides may have hit 15-year-high
01.08.18,, By Jonathan Capriel, Times Staff Writer,
A few left their driver door open and motor running. One man pocketed his keys. Another wore a Superman T-shirt when he plunged nearly 200 feet into the mouth of Tampa Bay. One woman may have taken her dog with her. Another person wrote "sorry" and "time to go."
An average of once a month last year, people committed suicide by falling from the Sunshine Skyway bridge, and authorities are trying to determine whether a 13th person also died that way.
Not since 2003 have 13 people fallen to their deaths from the Skyway. In the years since then, at least 130 more followed, according to information provided by the Florida Highway Patrol and medical examiners offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee counties.
The last man to drop in 2017 was William Robeysek, 64, the morning after Thanksgiving, his family said. Troopers found his car on the bridge. A boater found his body on the first Sunday of December on an island about 5 miles west of there. Dental records showed it was him, but authorities await test results.
"I miss him terribly," said Ashley Stevens, 65, his girlfriend of 13 years. "I have no idea why he would leave me."
Robeysek was unmarried, had no children and was recently placed on disability benefits. He didn’t leave a note.
• • •
Most last year did not leave notes. Those who did left many questions unanswered.
The first to fall in 2017 died a year ago Friday. David Prior, then 55, worked as an investment adviser and had two children and a wife. Debra Prior, 53, said she and her teenage daughter suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and avoid the bridge.
Her husband left a note, but she still doesn’t know why he chose the Skyway.
"Maybe he thought it would be the fastest way to go," she said. "He used to jump out of planes in the army. He was a Green Beret Ranger."
Two days before he went off the Skyway, David Prior was released from St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he had been committed under the Baker Act after slitting his wrists, his wife said. She’s suing the hospital, alleging negligence.
Therapists have told Debra Prior not to attempt to figure out why he killed himself.
"We are never going to know what was in his mind," she said.
• • •
Most suicide is a solitary act, often by gunshot or strangulation, said Frederic Desmond, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida. Falling from a high platform is less common.
A public suicide attempt may be a last chance to reach out for human contact.
"It could also be a last-minute cry for help," he said. "They might hope that someone driving will stop them."
Clara Reynolds, CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, avoids publicly discussing Skyway suicides because she doesn’t want to plant ideas in anyone’s head.
"We want to have open conversations about why people contemplate suicide and we need it to be more socially acceptable for people to reach out," she said.
The center gets thousands of calls each year from people contemplating suicide. A small percentage of suicides are from the Skyway, less than 3 percent in 2016.
Special phones installed on the bridge in 1996 (correction: 1999) connect directly to the Crisis Center, but in 2017, only "silent calls" came through. The people on the bridge did not speak.
"They might be trying to make a last-minute connection with someone," Reynolds said. "It could be that they want someone to know they are up there."
When someone uses one of those phones, the center’s staff alerts authorities. Officers stop at least five suicide attempts each year on the bridge. On Tuesday, a Pinellas deputy used his vehicle to pin a woman’s leg to the side of the concrete barrier, preventing her from throwing herself over. After he handcuffed her, she continued to say, "Let me jump, let me jump," the deputy said.
Five of the deaths in 2017 were women.
• • •
Experts say suicide doesn’t solve problems, and often hurts those left behind.
In May, Pinellas Park police charged Ryan Mogensen in the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist, 61-year-old John Ryan.
In June, Mogensen pleaded not guilty, but the case never went to trial.
On a dark night in July, he leaped off the Skyway bridge. He was 28.
The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office formally abandoned the case.
A medical examiner’s report describes a suicide note Mogensen posted on Facebook. He called himself a veteran and said he had been charged with a crime. He wrote that he loved his family and apologized to them.
When John Ryan’s wife, Rosamme Ryan, 54, found out that Mogensen had killed himself, she initially took solace in the idea that he could not hurt anyone else, she said. But in the months since police found his body, her attitude has shifted.
"That night, it felt like justice," she said. "But the further away I get from it, I realize I’m never going to face him. I can never ask him why he hit my husband."

Need help?
• Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to local crisis counselors.
• Reach out to trusted friends or family members and talk to them.
• Find a therapist or support group. A good starting point is to call 2-1-1.

more suicide help links and services. seek them out and use them.
2017 was not simply a 15 year high, but an all-time high, considering all the jumper activity, as compared to 2003 and every year since the bridge opened.

2017: 13 suicides, 29 possible, 1 survivor, 4 saves, and the skyway uber incident.
2003: 13 suicides, 1 possible, 4 saves

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01.02.18: jumper save, female, 11:50pm
unknown, 50
01.02.18,,, 18-002 Pinellas Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Woman From Jumping Off Sunshine Skyway Bridge - Deputy Heroism
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
50 -year-old white female (Lives in Tampa, name withheld)
Deputy Damon Laney
Hire Date: 02/10/2012
Age: 37
A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy pulled a woman off the ledge of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, likely saving her life.
The incident occurred about 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
The incident occurred at the top span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge located at I-275, in Hillsborough County.
According to deputies, Deputy Damon Laney was driving to an off duty work detail, northbound across the top span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at about 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Deputy Laney noticed a car parked on the roadway along the side of the bridge with its hazards on. Deputy Laney turned on his emergency lights and started to pull behind the vehicle. The driver, a 50-year-old Tampa woman exited the vehicle and ran towards the outside barrier wall of the bridge. As she attempted to climb over the wall and jump, Deputy Laney having no time to exit his vehicle, used his vehicle to trap her legs between the push bumper and the wall. When Deputy Laney exited his vehicle, the woman freed herself and was completely over the wall with the exception of one arm. Deputy Laney grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back over the wall where she continued to struggle until being handcuffed.
She was not injured during the incident.
Deputy Laney detained the woman while she cried and said, “just, let me jump.”
The woman later informed Deputy Laney she was upset over personal issues.
Deputies took the woman into protective custody under the Baker Act.
Deputy Laney is currently assigned to the Patrol Operations DUI Unit, he has been with the agency for 5 years.

any more info is welcome.
01.02.18, IONTBfb, Skyway: Pinellas Deputy detains female after a brief scuffle atop the northbound lanes of the Skyway Bridge. Watch for delays in the area. later: Appear deputy pulled up to a car stopped on bridge. Most likely with suicidal intentions. Investigation underway.

• Kyle D., I passed by before the police arrived. She was visibly upset and pacing outside her car and peering over the edge at the top of the span with no emergency signals. She resisted because she wanted to be where she was.
• Keith M., Holy hell I passed this woman's car on my way home before deputies got there. It was a small red car.

01.03.18,, Pinellas Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Woman From Jumping Off Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Pinellas Deputy Damon Laney grabbed a 50 year-old suicidal woman as she attempted to jump from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge late last evening.
According to deputies, Deputy Damon Laney was driving to an off duty work detail, northbound across the top span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at about 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Deputy Laney noticed a car parked on the roadway along the side of the bridge with its hazards on. Deputy Laney turned on his emergency lights and started to pull behind the vehicle.
Audio of radio traffic from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office:

The driver, a 50-year-old Tampa woman exited the vehicle and ran towards the outside barrier wall of the bridge. As she attempted to climb over the wall and jump, Deputy Laney having no time to exit his vehicle, used his vehicle to trap her legs between the push bumper and the wall.
When Deputy Laney exited his vehicle, the woman freed herself and was completely over the wall with the exception of one arm. Deputy Laney grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back over the wall where she continued to struggle until being handcuffed.
She was not injured during the incident.
Deputy Laney detained the woman while she cried and said, “just, let me jump.”
The woman later informed Deputy Laney she was upset over personal issues.
Deputies took the woman into protective custody under the Baker Act.
The 37 year-old deputy is currently assigned to the Patrol Operations DUI Unit and has been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for 5 years.

01.03.18,, PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A deputy is being regarded as a hero after rescuing a woman just seconds before she attempted to jump from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened around noon Tuesday afternoon.
37-year-old Deputy Damon Laney was driving while he was off-duty when he noticed a car that was pulled along the northbound lanes on the Sunshine Skyway bridge at I-275 with their hazards on.
Laney started to pull his car behind the vehicle with his emergency lights on when he saw a 50-year-old woman get out of the car and run towards the barrier wall of the bridge.
Having no time to leave his car, Laney quickly sprung into action and used his car to trap the woman's legs between the bumper of the car and the barrier wall.
The woman found a way to free herself before he could get out of his car and started to jump over the wall. Laney was able to grab the woman by her waist and pull her back over the barrier, where she continued to struggle against him, crying, "Just let me jump."
Thankfully, the woman was not harmed in the incident and she later told the deputy she had been upset about personal issues. She was placed under the Baker Act and put into protective custody.
Deputy Laney has been working in the sheriff's office since 2012 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Operations DUI Unit.
MORE: Suicide and the dark side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Skyway is the number one bridge for suicide on the East Coast. In 2016, there were 12 suicides, 24 possible suicides, 6 saves, and 1 survivor. There have been 100 suicides in the last decade.
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