skywaybridge.com
irreverent
since 1998
   bullshit facebook       en español
translate

report bridge news  • what's new  •  by name  • the barrier
feel suicidal? •  search  •  bridge cams  •  prevention
bottom of this page  •  site map  •  home  •  contact us
2020 activity  •  2019  •  2018  •  2017  •  2016  •  2015
2014  •  2013  •  2012  •  2011  •  2010  •  2009
2008  •  2007  •  2006  •  2005  •  2004  •  2003
2002  •  2001  •  2000  •  1999  •  1998  •  1997-1954
 

2020 jump events

updated: 11.28.20
we post everything we know.
if you have any factual news, updates, or additions,
please bring it to our attention.
(our comments follow)

bridge cams  •  fire/ems audio feed  •  active calls  •  fhp traffic
02.15.20: a documentary revision project: would you or anyone you know, be willing to tell your military related suicide story?

01.09.20: suicide barrier to be installed on the skyway.

refresh this page if you've been here recently
.
summit web cameras
the skyway tower webcams are unavailable
do you know the secret cam addresses? still and/or streaming?

south tower, lower cam, 10.4 northbound
 

south tower, lower cam, 10.4 southbound
 

north tower, lower cam, 10.6 northbound
 

north tower, lower cam, 10.6 southbound
 

10.4 northbound channel camera

10.6 southbound channel camera
   the 4 lower tower cams are still unavailable to those that pay for them. if you have any information about displaying the lower tower cams once more or any streaming video links, let us know anonymously or in the form below.
.
have a quick comment?

   comments do not appear immediately, please be patient. if we post your comment, it will be found on the page most appropriate to your subject matter or on the comments page. if the form does not work for your device, try this.
..
11.28.20: possible jumper, 12:25am
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
11.28.20, Driver S., Treasure Island, FL., (12:25am), Southbound about 0025 12/28, 30 minutes ago, empty car just past the very top of Sbound Skyway with Police vehicle parked behind it with flashing blue lights.

any more info is welcome.
.
09.19.20: jumper, 7:15pm, body found
Drake Logan, 36
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
09.19.20, Anna-Marie G., facebook, Emergency vehicles on top of Skyway - not sure, also emergency boats in the water near skyway.

09.19.20, Teresa M., facebook, heavy police presence at top of south bound lanes and police boats in water, RIP

09.19.20, Gina A., facebook, Looks like a search going on lots of boats and chopper up

09.19.20, Pete E., facebook, I saw a bunch of police at the top of the bridge and a car up there parked around 750pm

09.19.20, Hazel M., facebook, I crossed around 7:15pm lots of police, rescue and a white small suv (honda crv I think)

09.20.20, David D., Pinellas Park, (09.19.20, 7:15pm, female), We were on a sunset cruise west of the bridge to see the Skyway lights and responded to the USCG request for assistance to search for a female in black and white clothing in the water. We looked until it was too dark for us to see. RIP

any more info is welcome.
09.19.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, 19:07, 1:36, 6h29m
09.19.20, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Reports of a person that jumped from the southbound lanes of the bridge. Search underway in the waters below. Expect slowdowns.
post from the article:
Kevin T.,
 Drake Logan   Drake Logan

facebooktwitter

linkedinwebsite

academia.eduscholars.org

obituary

facebook article posts
09.20.20, Thomas C., We were fishing below the bridge when it happened and assisted in the search. Prayers to the family

09.20.20, Crystal M., we were there fishing under the Skyway. Saw the police boats and helicopter. Knew something was wrong. Turned on the radio and heard the call for assistance in searching for a woman (short hair, black and white clothing, from mid span of bridge and out). We began assisting with the search right away and continued until they recovered her. That is all we know 😔

09.20.20, Jess W., We were fishing as well maybe a quarter of a mile away when it happened. We tried to search or a while after we heard the call over the radio. I hope she is at peace🙏🏻❤️.. it’s so sad 😭
10.02.20, Kathleen R., I received this note from my Minister Leddy from Unity Church of Clearwater. It was quite profound. I sent it to Drakes mom and she said it was a life-changing letter and she will read and share it over and over. I thought I would share here on this site because it may help someone with a past or future experience of loss.
   "We fall silent, finding no words. We want to turn back time and take his hand and keep him with us. We want to find the right words that would hold him here. But this, no human hands or voices could have done. We want so much to understand. In all humility, we must consign ourselves to realize that no one who knows Drake could have known the silent despair or desperation that he may have been experiencing. We can rightly assume that the Ph.D. program is a passage of such intensity that can indeed be overwhelming, even to the most brilliant and stalwart souls. We cannot know what he was going through or what ordeals or sacrifices, both mental and emotional, he came through. We also believe that there is no wasted time in the journey of the soul. He learned what he came to learn, and his achievement far surpasses the framed certificates or diplomas that he so rightly earned. The real knowledge that he sought, he did indeed attain, and he takes that with him. The details of our human experience -- facts and numbers, details and writings -- all dissolve into the sames of time. But the real attainments of a soul are never lost. The love he feels for his dear ones is not lost, nor even interrupted. He did not give up; he went forward, the only way he knew how to go forward. We cannot judge him for his decision, blurred and despairing though it may seem to us, to leave this plane and move forward in that moment. No one can escape the lessons of life -- they find us again, and we grow in wisdom and strength to meet them. He could not continue here; he had to move on to a new venue, but we are assured that none of us ever steps outside the enfolding and everlasting Love and Life of God. God is Life and God is Love, and since God can never be ended, infinite Love and everlasting Life can never be ended. There is no separation or distance, ever, in Spirit. The love that his large circle of dear ones feel for him, being real and deep and everlasting, is unending and continuous. Where Drake is, God is, and God is where Drake is, just as God is here with us. Life, being of God, can never be lost, though a change in form may come. Although, as Jesus said, you and your dear ones "do not see him for a time," I believe, without pretending to know the details, that our souls are never really separated and will one day realize more clearly that there never is and never can be any separation in the Presence. It is no accident that Drake came into this life, this family, this circle of friends, at this time. He is clearly a serious soul, a seeker after knowledge and perhaps of heightened sensitivity to the collective challenges we are all facing on this planet together. We cannot know his personal soul itinerary, but we feel encouraged that there are other beautiful souls, greeting him, helping him along the way, and his soul growth continues. We do not see him as lost or gone, but as unfolding along an endless path, ever healing on his way, growing stronger, wiser, more contented, and finding just what his soul was seeking. You share a bond that is unbroken. Let your hearts be comforted and let us claim together, even though we must reach with all our minds and hearts to do so, that all is well with Drake, and he is safe in the Presence. God gives us strength. I am standing by, always with you in prayer, always ready to continue the conversation of hearts and always giving thanks with you for Spirit's divine guidance and sweet, abiding peace."
.
09.18.20: possible jumper, around 8:00pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
09.19.20, Kelly O., St. Pete, At 8pm my daughter and I saw an older silver sports car parked on the side of the bridge going Northbound. The hazards were on but we did not see a passenger.

any more info is welcome.
.
09.12.20: possible jumper, around 4:45pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
09.12.20, Michael C., My son just came in and said he traveled across the bridge Southbound about 4:45pm or thereabouts and saw a gray Caravan and the fleeting image of a jumper.

any more info is welcome.
.
09.12.20: save, man threatens to jump after chase onto bridge, around 2am
Scott Bradley Rapson, 23
09.16.20, fox13news.com, Deputies save man from jumping off Sunshine Skyway bridge after he tried to run deputy over, sheriff says
PALMETTO, Fla. - Manatee County deputies came to the rescue of a man trying to jump off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, shortly after the man tried to run a deputy over and led them on a chase.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, the sheriff's office said when deputy Jacob Merrill saw a driver in a pickup truck swerving back and forth.
Merrill tried to pull over the driver, later identified as Scott Rapson, 23, but he initially refused to stop.
Rapson eventually pulled to the side of the road, but as the deputy exited his patrol car, he saw a passenger exiting the pickup truck.
With the passenger out of the vehicle, the sheriff's office said Rapson sped toward the deputy and came within feet of hitting him. Investigators said Rapson then put the truck in reverse and again tried to hit Merrill, who retreated to his patrol car for cover.
"That driver, as I was attempting to get out of my car attempted to run me over, reversed, drove at my car and drove off. There’s fear that runs through, you don’t have any barriers there’s a truck that’s driving at you," said Merrill.
Rapson then fled the scene, as the deputy stayed with the passenger and called out Rapson's location to the sheriff's office.
Other deputies located Rapson on State Road 64, but he again refused to stop and led them on a chase, eventually making his way onto northbound I-75.
The sheriff's office was able to deploy stop sticks, which damaged two of Rapson's tires. He continued to drive onto the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as a sheriff's office helicopter hovered overhead.
"Initially it was- we need to arrest this guy, but when he threw his legs over the bridge, it went from an arrest to stopping him from jumping off the bridge," said Deputy John Jones.
Rapson stopped at the top of the Sunshine Skyway near the center of the bridge and exited his vehicle. He then climbed partially over the barrier and had both legs hanging over the side, deputies said.
Jones and a sergeant approached Rapson and began talking to him.
"You just do it. You talk to him as calmly as you can," said Jones.
As they talked, deputies knew time was running out.
"The longer he is up there the more we are going to get concerned that he's going to act," said detective Tyler Ackerman.
Ackerman was able to come up from behind and grab Rapson from the edge to pull him to safety.
"We were able to walk up to him, he’s on the ledge of the barrier, in my head it’s not only thinking about how close I have to get to him but what happens if I don’t do it the right way," Ackerman explained.
Every day, deputies and first responders face unknown dangers. On Saturday morning, Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells said they did it the right way.
“When you get into a situation now where you have to calm everything down and save a man from jumping off a bridge and committing suicide that takes a lot of training and it’s not easy. Everything they did was exceptional, heroic and I'm so proud of them," Wells said.
Rapson was then arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, DUI, and fleeing to elude. He was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail.






09.16.20, youtube, Manatee County officials detail the rescue of a man attempting suicide off Skyway Bridge.


any more info is welcome.
11.29.20, heraldtribune.com, MCSO honors lawmen who saved suspect from Skyway plunge By Vin Mannix
Last September, you may remember, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office team orchestrated a successful effort to save a man from jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
It got a lot of airplay on TV news.
Well, the MCSO has honored Sgt. Aaron Bowling and detectives Tyler Ackerman and John Jones Jr. for their patience, diligence and courage as Deputies of the Month for October 2020.
The backstory is compelling.
The would-be jumper was a suspected drunk driver who had tried to hit a deputy twice with his vehicle during an attempted traffic stop. The pursuit ended near the top of the Skyway when the suspect exited his vehicle and sat on the edge the bridge.
With his legs hanging over the ledge, the driver was that close to falling into Tampa Bay.
Jones started a conversation with the suspect who said he did not want to go back to prison and wanted to die. While the driver was trying to make a phone call, Jones kept him distracted long enough for Ackerman to circle around to the suspect’s blindside, grab him, pull him off the ledge and onto the roadway. After a brief struggle, the driver was taken into custody.
Throughout the incident, Bowling directed Violent Crimes Task Force and Patrol deputies not only during the pursuit, but coordinated efforts on the bridge, saving a life.
Scott Bradley Rapson • florida.arrests.org
 Scott Bradley Rapson 09/12/2020    Scott Bradley Rapson 09/12/2020    Scott Bradley Rapson 10/18/2018    Scott Bradley Rapson 01/07/2018    Scott Bradley Rapson 11/28/2017  
10.16.20 09.12.20 10.18.18 01.07.18 11.28.17
each image opens a new page of smirky jackassery.
facebook article posts
.
09.09.20: save, 5:02pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
09.14.20, L. K., facebook, We always see people on social media cutting others and telling them, "you need to be more kind!", "where is your compassion?", "society is so hateful and uncaring".
Now, here's Covid. Many people have been grumbling about closures and social distancing. That they can't "mingle". That they need to be around other people.. help others... engage!
Heading southbound on my way home from work, I noticed a car parked on the center span. Naturally, I looked over. I witnessed someone in their car crying and quickly pulled over and backed up on the shoulder within 40 feet of the parked car.
A quick glance in my rear view mirror confirmed the person in distress.
As I hustled barefoot towards the car, I held my hands up in the "stop" position while I was watching the person crawl over to the passenger side and open the car door.
I didn't see anyone else in the car so was pretty certain at that point it was a jumper. I sped up and ran to the passenger door, blocking it so the person couldn't get out.
I motioned to roll down the window, which they did.
They were wailing while I pleaded for the person to get in the backseat and let me drive them off of the bridge. Thankfully, they did.
I was frantically waiving for someone to stop to help *me.
I had the person under control, at that time it was me who needed the help. The wind was whipping and I was staring straight down at the water from the ledge. I don't even know what I needed, I was in shock.
Driving the Skyway every day, you don't realize how high up you actually are. You also don't realize how windy it is when you're standing at the top and that there's absolutely nothing beyond the waist high concrete barrier that line the very edge. Nothing. No rebar. No platform. Nothing but straight down.
I was making the "stop" and "call / telephone" signs with my hands for someone to stop or call for help.
I ran over to the drivers seat to get us out of there, but was shaking so hard, I couldn't start the persons car and couldn't move the seat back to drive, even I did get it started.
The first Trooper and a Florida highway road service truck arrived 5-7 minutes later.
After a brief conversation with the individual in the back seat, the Trooper reached over and turned the key to start the car for me and they followed us to the bottom of the bridge where they continued the conversation with the person and took my statement.
Troopers gave me a ride back to my car, still running, on the center span. I went home, still shaking and in disbelief this had actually just happened.
I would like to make mention that I am not a people person; I'm all about the (nonhuman) animals. I'd just as soon see the human race wiped off the planet so it can thrive, so I'm not sure why I stopped, other than it was the right thing to do.
In my day to day, there's people pointing a finger in my face telling me I'm "hateful" and need to be kind because I'm one of those who would save a dog over a human.
What struck me as odd that day, is dozens of cars passed by my pleas for help and many passed the individual in the car before I got there who would have clearly noticed this person wailing and in distress.
Not a soul stopped.
Not a soul even rolled down their window to ask what was up.
Before anyone says it is hard to stop on the bridge, I did it. Not to mention traffic slowed to a crawl at one point when I was flagging for help. Dozens of people passed by.
Surely, all of those people couldn't be the ones who cry people like me need to be more "kind" and help my fellow man? All of THOSE people must have already been home from work by then.
The same people passing by couldn't be the same people who point their bony finger at me and call me "selfish" and "heartless" when I say I'm against the suicide prevention fence/barrier on the bridge because of possible danger to wildlife and my view being spoiled?
Certainly not! THEY would never drive by when someone is in need!
Sure, someone must have called 911 to get the Troopers there to us, but by then, it could have been too late.
Yeah, I know; you worked a long day and needed to get home - or didn't want to be inconvenienced.
I guess I expected more from all of the perfect people out there.
I doubt this will be the last time someone in distress stops at the center span.
Based on what I witnessed, people will keep whizzing by and simply "hope and pray" they don't jump and carry on with their day. (people stopping to help is more rare than you could imagine. the percentage that zip right on by with nary a wonder is probably hovering around 98% or higher. pretty much what prompted this article.)

any more info is welcome.
facebook article posts
.
08.16.20: possible jumper, approx 3:30am, male
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
08.16.20, Debbie, My husband and I were traveling early this morning (8/16/20 approx 3:30am) back into Pinellas county NB over the Skyway and he saw a man standing at the top of the SB span. The weird thing was the guy was where the yellow spires are, not on the open water side. We have a big truck with a high lift kit, so he had a good view. He looked the guy right in the face, white guy, probably mid 50s. We called 911, they patched us thru to FHP who said they'd send someone to check it out. Sure would like to know what became of him. I was praying for him the rest of the way home. Thanks

any more info is welcome.
.
08.10.20: possible jumper
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
08.10.20, Dawn M., facebook, My daughter just told me she passed someone stopping on top of the bridge a little bit ago, going South on her way to Ruskin...hoping not a jumper....prayers for them and their family if it was.

any more info is welcome.
.
08.08.20: possible jumper
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
08.08.20, Anna G., facebook, Emergency lights drove up skyway and stopped at the top. View from Holmes Beach- they came over the south bridge. Emergency boats under bridge with light

any more info is welcome.
..
08.03.20: jumper, 6:21pm, male, died, body recovered
Mitchell Martin, 25
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
08.03.20, anon,







acronyms

08.03.20, Heather B., facebook, Skybridge way, person jumped per 3rd party witness, vehicle w/o an occupant

08.03.20, Shelly A., Bradenton, Fl., (7:10pm), Activity at the top of the NB span bridge. Three cops surrounding a black truck. Driver looks to be in the truck.

08.03.20, Marie W., facebook, Was coming south bound and 2 cops flew past us and on the other side black truck and an undercover cop. The 2 cops stopped on the shoulder and slowed us all down

08.05.20, anon, Northbound lanes. Body transferred to hcso marine

any more info is welcome.
08.03.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, 18:21, 1:28, 6h53m
 Mitchell Martin   Mitchell Martin

facebook

gofundme.com

obituary
08.24.20, memorial, 1h30m,
facebook article posts:  1  2 
.
07.26.20: possible jumper
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
07.26.20, Claudia H., facebook, Possible skyway jumper. Northbound. Fl trooper is there. Dark colored Ford truck with hazards on. That barrier can’t come soon enough

any more info is welcome.
..
07.03.20: possible jumper, 03:50pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
07.03.20, Nicole W., Pinellas County 911, @PinellasCo911, Alert: WATER RESCUE (MARINE NEEDED) @ 10501 SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE Tac: C Sent: 11FD E3
 
any more info is welcome.
..
06.10.20: 2 saves, 4:30pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
06.10.20, Barbara H., facebook, Police activity on center span area around 4:30, still there at 5:00. Fire boat came back from Skyway bridge area to Eckerd docks. Don't think there was a body. Hopefully it was a save.

06.10.20, German G., facebook, Just saw a potential jumper’s empty car and police on the hump.

06.11.20, anon,






06.17.20, anon, (06.10.20, 4:30pm, was stopped from jumping), There were 2 saves on this date. FHP Prevented one jumper, Cleared the scene, and then, while already in the area from the first, responded to the second jumper less than 40 minutes later. That trooper then detained the second.

any more info is welcome.
..
05.19.20: save, ~5:00pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
05.19.20, Barbara H., facebook, I saw three police cars a ladder truck and paramedics at O'Neill's and the fire department boat is gone. I hope it wasn't a jumper. It's been awfully quiet up there. considering everything going on in the world. Hope you are well.

05.19.20, T. N., Potential jumper was stop/arrested - 05/19/2020 ~7:30 PM

larger

05.20.20, anon, Northbound. One leg over. Taken into custody by FHP. Pcso may have arrived toward the end as well


any more info is welcome.
facebook article posts
..
04.29.20: possible jumper, 10:31pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
04.29.20, Patrick, St pete, Possible jumper at the Southbound apex 4/29 at 2231hrs, car present, person at west rail

any more info is welcome.
.
04.22.20: possible jumper or jumper from 04.21.20
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
04.22.20, MJ, WATER RESCUE @ Sunshine Skyway by Manatee County Fire Rescue 9:52am...Pinellas Fire Rescue responding as well...unknown if this is a new jumper or related to yesterday's possible jumper, Good Samaritan onscene, requesting marine unit from Manatee only, Sheriff's office has boats in the water as well, Pinellas County onscene, Manatee cancelled. No other info.

any more info is welcome.
.
04.21.20: possible jumper
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
04.21.20, anon, facebook,


any more info is welcome.
.
04.14.20: jumper, 3:06am, died, body recovered
Dreux Vincent Macabenta 
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
04.14.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, 0345 hours 04/14/2020 Numerous law enforcement vehicles on SB hump investigating abandoned vehicle.

04.14.20, anon,




04.14.20, Mari M., facebook, blue Jeep compass

any more info is welcome.
04.14.20, Hillsborough Sheriff,, DECEASED PERSON, 3:32, 12:58, 9h25m
 Dreux Vincent Macabenta   Dreux Vincent Macabenta

facebook
04.15.20, PFLAG Tampa, facebook, It’s with profound sadness and understanding that we feel the need to communicate the loss of a precious and beloved member of the PFLAG Tampa community. Dreux Macabenta was a regular attendee of PFLAG Tampa for many years, along with his wife Mari. Last night Dreux ended his life. While we can never know all of the factors that contributed to Dreux’s decision, we know that family rejection was always an issue for him, and isolation during these trying times was probably a factor as well. Dreux was a gentle soul, a trans man who continued to celebrate his trans-ness (recently jubilant about running freely with his binder, without a shirt). He loved his wife Mari who supported his transition in every way possible. Both of them were strong voices at our PFLAG meetings—Mari with her unwavering advocacy and Dreux with his quiet, gentle experience that was so profound to many. They attended our support meetings, marched in Pride parades with PFLAG, and joined us in social events like Christmas parties and bowling. So many of us have such fond memories of Dreux. For those of you who are reading this, please, please, please be easy on yourselves. If you are in uncomfortable situations, please reach out to people you know who support you. Avoid those who don’t. If you need to talk, PFLAG Tampa is here for you. 863-535-5239. Rest In Peace, Dreux. And Mari, please know that we will never, ever forget Dreux or the good he and you brought to this community.

facebook article posts
.
04.11.20: save, 8:30pm, female, didn't jump, taken away
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
04.11.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, (8:30pm, female, didn't jump, taken away), Female subject attempted to jump from the bridge, but was prevented from doing so by physical intervention of FHP Trooper. According to witnesses, subject was combative and Trooper almost went over the side trying to save her.

04.12.20, anon,


any more info is welcome.
04.16.20, facebook, Heroic FHP Trooper and a few good Samaritans.
   Amid the current crisis, there are incredible stories from across the country of first responders, medical professionals and everyday citizens putting themselves at risk to help others. Here’s one of a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper and a few good Samaritans.
   Shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Angelicchi observed a female walking away from her vehicle at the top of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge looking over the edge. The individual then sat on the edge of the bridge and Trooper Angelicchi started to sprint towards her. As she started to fall from the edge of the bridge, she caught herself with both hands. Trooper Angelicchi grabbed her right hand and a portion of her jacket while she hung over the edge. Trooper Angelicchi, while hanging partially over the bridge, anchored himself to the ledge trying not to fall over while holding onto her. Trooper Angelicchi started to lose his grip as a few good Samaritans, who saw the situation unfolding and stopped their vehicles, appeared. Trooper Angelicchi yelled to them, "I can’t hold her,” and they helped grab the individual. Together, they were able to successfully pull the individual to safety on the shoulder of the bridge to receive medical attention.
   Good Samaritans within the community stepped forward and made a difference, affecting the outcome of this near tragedy. This is a great example of our Troopers and the community working together to save lives.
04.12.20, Tony S., twitter, we were driving by, right then, very sad. this Virus Environ is too much for the already weak.

facebook article posts
.
03.31.20: possible jumper, 8:19am
unknown
03.31.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 7:41, 11:05 3h24m

any more info is welcome.
.
03.22.20: possible jumper, 8:19am
unknown
03.22.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 10:30, 14:12, 3h42m

any more info is welcome.
.
03.14.20: possible jumper, 6:42pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
03.14.20, Kelly O., St. Pete, FL., Possible Jumper, 6:24PM Older model, four door, dark gray, sedan parked just shy of the top of the bridge going southbound. Hispanic male, dark, cleancut hair in drivers seat.

any more info is welcome.
.
03.14.20: possible jumper, 8:19am
unknown
03.14.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 8:19, 9:27, 1h8m

any more info is welcome.
.
03.12.20: possible jumper, 9:41am
unknown
03.12.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 9:41, 13:17, 3h36m

03.12.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ROAD OBSTRUCTION, 13:06, 15:46, 2h40m

any more info is welcome.
.
03.09.20: possible jumper, 8:28pm
unknown
03.09.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 20:28, 22:50, 2h22m

any more info is welcome.
.
03.05.20: jumper, 03:45am
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
03.05.20, Lorenzo K., 0415 this morning. Empty car being loaded on tow truck. Police and ambulance. Looking over the side. Police boat Enroute.

03.05.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, 03/05/20 0400 SPFD and HCSO Dispatched to top of bridge Northbound. Two boats in the water.

03.05.20, Chris G., facebook, Coast Guard and the sheriff's department currently looking for a body in the water at Skyway Bridge. Overheard conversation on VHF marine radio is someone that jumped later: Just now heard on Marine VHF radio that the search for person in the water in the vicinity of Skyway Bridge has been suspended due to further investigation later: I heard them talking this morning on the radio. The Sheriff's Department helicopter was searching the rocks with FLIR but I guess didn't find anything

03.05.20, anon, Fd responded just before 4am. It was believed that a person jumped about 2 hrs prior to that. Fd checked rock and went available

03.05.20, Prima M., facebook, They were still looking for him/her when I drove through around 445am

03.05.20, German G., facebook, saw the car, police car and police boat down below.

05.26.20, anon, florida, (03.05.20, 3:45am, male), duy kim pham, he went missing on this day and a report of a jumper was made on this day which can only mean one thing, this was him. i knew him personally and i know he would not go anywhere else except jumped. (sorry, but we have no other information as to whether it is him or not. Phạm Kim Duy)

any more info is welcome.
03.05.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 3:45, 7:33, 3h12m
facebook article posts, such as:
04.13.20, Lu C., if anyone knows something please let me know, i know someone who went missing and this sounds like it might be him. if the car model was a white toyota camry 2019 then i will know its him please.
.
02.25.20: jumper, 7:22pm, female, died, body found 3 days later
Pamela Alice Mehan, 49
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
02.25.20, Alec T., facebook, my dad just went over the skyway. said he saw jumper activity on both sides of the bridge. He didn't see helicopters but saw boats in the water and fhp up top.

02.25.20,


02.25.20, Scott P., facebook, Car stopped on of skyway bridge suicide hotline siren on possible jumper

02.25.20, Patrick O., facebook, Possible jumper at the northbound apex at 722pm, car parked, no occupants seen. 😢 FD was dispatched from south st Pete at about the same time.

02.25.20, Kelly O., St. Pete, FL., Possible Jumper, My daughter and I got to the top of the bridge at 7:18pm tonight (2-25-20). There was a tiny, silver, four door at the tippy top of the Northbound lane. The back passenger side door was open and it appeared that someone was looking over the edge from the car as it was wedged against the concrete. There were no headlights or hazards on. It was drizzling and the wind was causing an advisory. No other vehicles were there.

02.25.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, 2000 HOURS TUE 02/25/20 FHP,SPFD, MANATEE EMS, AT SB TOP OF THE BRIDGE. BOATS IN THE WATER.

02.25.20, anon, uscg activity under the bridge.

02.25.20, Patrick, St Pete, 718-722pm, small grey car parked at northbound apex. Had a bad feel to it, possible jumper, no occupants seen. God bless them. FD seen coming up the south span moments later. :(

02.26.20, Anon, TBA, regarding: 2-25 jumper, In last 2 weeks was refused care due lack of insurance coverage. In last 6 months had been in and out repeatedly.

02.28.20, Anonymous, Tampa, FL., (02.25.20, female, died, body found), Jumper 2/25 was found in water either yesterday or today. Next of kin was notified today. Jumper was Pamela Mehan from New Port Richey. Has received mental health help numerous times in last 2 months after suicide attempts. Was recently discharged within a week from a local hospital despite telling staff she was still suicidal and would kill her self if released.

any more info is welcome.
02.29.20, bradenton.com, Body of woman found in Anna Maria Sound. Sheriff’s office is investigating.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman who was found floating in Anna Maria Sound on Thursday.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report that was released late Friday, the 49-year-old New Port Richey woman’s body was reported floating in the intercoastal waterway behind the 600 block of Key Royale Drive near Anna Maria Island.
The sheriff’s office identified the victim as Pamela Alice Mehan.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Randy Warren said the death is still under investigation, but there is nothing suspicious at this time, pending the results of an autopsy and toxicology report.
Marine units and an aviation unit responded to the call and located Mehan’s body just after 4 p.m.
 Pamela Alice Mehan   Pamela Alice Mehan
04.07.20, Cole I., facebook plugin, I'm gonna speak for Pam because someone should and I knew her for many many years. First The sister is several years younger so she has no idea about the abuse that took place before she was born. 2. Pam was adopted, her sister was not, which I believe was factor of how they were treated differently. 3. Pam was not the only adoptive child who also claimed abuse and was removed from family. 4. Abuse survivor should never be called a liar. People who do that are in denial. Sitting with Pam her story never changed she kept to facts very detail facts. She did love her adoptive parents she just wanted them to recognize that there was childhood trauma. 5. The sister denied Pam even the right to go to her adoptive mothers funeral which Pam took very hard. To say she was never abused as a child I will never believe. Pam was diagnosed by a mental health specialist with CPTSD and childhood trauma DID which DID is disorder that is only developed from infants to 8 years old not as an adult. I am gonna honor Pam by speaking for her and sharing her story. The mental.health Trinity behavior health failed Pam. She was telling the doctors she could not be alone. Pam was scared because she kept being triggered instead there was no help. Pam went to the hospital 3 to 4x but they kept telling her to leave the hospital could not help her or find additional care due to insurance. I personally was looking for a inpatient program but no one took her insurance. Doctors kept given her different meds it did not help because you can not treat DID with medication. You can give something for anxiety and depression Pam had a lot. In the end I believe due to the wrong meds, untreated symptoms from the hospital and just not able to handle it any longer she took her life. Even her Therapist was so upset how the hospital handle this. Pam's story should not be ignored. She was loved very much and all she wanted was people to start telling the truth but abuser never tell the truth...

facebook article posts,
• 03.02.20, Kim M. C., Pamela Mehan was my sister. Yes, we had a difficult relationship, but her family was not abusive. She was adopted and was loved and cherished by our parents. She did have many abusive boyfriends. She was able to get in touch with her biological family as an adult and discovered that her bio mother was manic depressive and her bio father was an alcoholic, both Gene's she unfortunately inherited. Our parents tried to get her all the help they could, even though we were located in rural midwestern towns where resources were limited. The alleged abuse by my brother and grandfather has no basis. These accusations only came out after repressed memory therapy - which occurred years after the multiple abusive relationships she had been in. Pam struggled with mental illness her whole life. Her first suicide attempt was as a teenager. Our parents tried to get her treatment as it was available, they helped her get a college degree, they provided cars and housing... When she was young, they attended everything she was involved in... When she wanted to play softball, our dad spent hours pitching balls to her and playing catch. When she was a cheerleader, mom and dad drug me to every basketball game, and I did my homework on the bleachers. When she was in jail after driving drunk, mom and dad bailed her out and helped her find treatment. She was taken on family vacations, encouraged to try things that interested her, and loved beyond measure. It was never enough. Yes, Medicaid has limits, but whenever Pam disagreed with a counselor or medical professional, she moved on to someone else. There was always some therapy that was going to be better and fix her. But as soon as she didnt like something, she left. We all encouraged her to volunteer somewhere, to find some purpose of she couldn't work, but she couldn't stick to anything. I am saddened by the life that could have been and never was. I agree that my sister was a caring soul, loved cats and all animals, and would give you the shirt off her back. But please recognize that her family tried to help her and always loved her.
.
02.21.20: possible jumper
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
02.23.20, Derek, Tampa Bay florida, (02.21.20, 1:00am, female, no crisis phones, hit rocks, died), I witnessed it. I was too scared to take pictures or stop to help.

any more info is welcome.
.
02.16.20: jumper, 2:30am
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
02.16.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, 0230 Sunday Morning. HCSO, FHP, SPFD, ETC. and two boats on scene skyway bridge.

02.16.20, anon, Sppd and FHP reported body in the water under skyway. Reports with uscg confirmed it was jumper. No vehicle on bridge.

02.16.20, anon, (2:36am, male, did not use crisis phones, hit water, died, body found)

any more info is welcome.
facebook article posts
.
02.14.20: jumper, male, died
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
02.14.20, Carson P., facebook, Black two door coupe style vehicle stopped at the very top northbound lanes with its hazards on. Someone is in the driver seat. Not sure if they are a DAV or a jumper. I called FHP and they have got someone coming out. They took my phone number for a call back so I am not sure if they will update me. If they do I will let you know. I drive over the bridge twice a day so I see this shit far too often. later: The Pinellas dispatch shows fire, ems, PD and FHP. Looks like HCSO is on scene too.

02.14.20, Diane, Bradenton, (male), Saw man with camo hat and pack back appearing to contemplate jumping. Car small tan with flashers on Northbound. Approx 10a. Called 911, troopers responding.

02.14.20, anon, Fd responding to what appears body recovery right now near skyway. later: Body recovered.

any more info is welcome.
02.14.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, 12:16, 14:57, 2h41m
facebook article posts
.
02.08.20: jumper, 6:10am, male, hit water, died, body missing as of 02.15.20
Shawn Wishart, 41
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
02.08.20, Keturah C., facebook, Just saw a empty car on top of the bridge with a lot of cops didn’t see any civilians.

02.08.20, SCOTT, Palmetto, (7:40am), Empty car on top. Lots of police cars on the southbound side. Fire running along the edge looking over.

02.08.20,


02.08.20, Stephanie L., Tarpon Springs, FL., This morning at around 7:30 there were 3 police cars and a fire truck, with an empty, small, older, black car. Car appeared empty.

02.08.20, anon, Abandoned car and note

02.08.20, Jennifer W., facebook, Driving Southbound on the Skyway at 7:30 this morning, 3 police cars, a fire truck, and abandoned car at the top with 3 firemen looking over the edge 😢

02.08.20, Loulou, twitter, Black BMW car. Police on scene. About 6:10 am.

any more info is welcome.
02.08.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 6:10, 18:11, 12h1m
02.08.20, IONTBfb, Skyway: Police activity in the southbound lanes on the bridge. Search underway for a person that is believed to have jumped about 6 am.
•02.08.20, Billy D., I drove past this this morning shortly after it happened. Saw several police boats in the water and the lone car sitting on top of the bridge. Terrible feeling driving past it.
•02.08.20, Patricia R., Passed there at 7:30, rescue units on the top span. Black car being searched
•02.08.20, Angie R., we need to spend the money on the nets and spend it fast. Today was the first time I drove over the skyway a few hours after someone decided to end their life on the skyway - on my way to Bradenton I watched to Police Officers and one tow truck surround an abandoned vehicle. On my way home I watched 2 helicopters circle the water around the skyway and numerous boaters volunteer their time and gas to search for this individual so their family can have a proper fair well. We pay for all of this every time an individual jumps from the Skyway - the net is a lot cheaper at the end of the day - as unfortunate as the entire situation is.
 Shawn Wishart   Shawn Wishart

facebook.com

mydeathspace.com
facebook article posts
.
02.04.20: save, 5:25pm, female
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
02.04.20, Angie R., facebook, Possible jumper today. Empty car at the top of the bridge. Traffic is held up. No one in the car.

02.04.20, Phil C., Jumper on the sunshine skyway north bound!! It'll be closed any minute.

02.04.20, anon, FHP took woman into custody. Call was at 527. FHP transported to north rest area for evaluation.

02.04.20, Anonymous, Sarasota, (5:25pm, female, didn't jump, taken away), Passed the situation going north. She was on the southbound side and police were walking with her at the time.

02.06.20, Bonnie C., fb plugin, I came up on it about 5:27 north bound side, but the state trooper car was on the south bound side. He was walking a very distressed young woman away from the railing.

then there's this report. can anyone confirm it?
02.04.20, Rhonda, Myakka City, (5:50pm, died, body found), I saw the BODY being recovered. I was travelling at a CRAWL with the traffic on 275 Southbound)...going up the Skyway. I saw the "jumper's" obviously abandoned car at the top (on the Northbound side) with the road ranger's vehicle behind it and police cars beside it. Then as I got to the BOTTOM of the bridge I could see fire engines, ambulances, and police cars on the access road right at the water's edge and they had a BODY wrapped tightly and completely in a light blue body bag, on a stretcher and appeared to be discussing something and getting ready to put the body in the ambulance. Traffic was still at a CRAWL, and moving slowly enough for there to be NO QUESTION that they had just recovered this body from the water. I think the woman that people saw with the policeman was either a distraught family member or witness...but without a doubt someone DID DIE there today. a response:
•02.04.20, anon, we don't put dead bodies in bag and loaded into an ambulance.

any more info is welcome.
facebook article posts,
02.04.20, Stacie F., When I passed he (FHP trooper) had his arms locked around her. No one else was there yet. Kudos to him for doing it solo ❤️
.
01.14.20: widow, crisis center hopeful barrier will prevent skyway jumps.
.
01.10.20: jumper, 3:58pm, male, died
Scott Russ
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
01.10.20, DeeK, Manatee county, Possible jumper, Red Tacoma truck appeared abandoned at top of bridge. Police on scene around 4:30 pm today.

01.10.20, KM, Sarasota, fl., Possible jumper, Possible jumper off the bridge today around 4pm. Southbound. Lots of police and boats with lights searching below the bridge. My heart breaks for this persons friends and family. It’s so hard to understand when you are left behind to live with the pain

01.10.20, Jade, Bradenton, fl., (6:30pm), 6:42 pm red toyota truck left on top of the bridge. Unsure if person jumped or was talked down but forensics and police are on the bridge right now.

01.10.20, Barbara H., facebook, You probably know by now possible jumper. Over an hour ago I was stuck in traffic southbound then after I got home I took my dog to Maximo Park and was walking along the fence that separates O'Neill's Marina to the park and saw a group of cops and firemen standing around talking and their fire boat is gone so I'm assuming they are looking for a jumper who jumped. Or better yet maybe they are trying to talk the person from jumping . I know the barrier is going up but I hope it doesn't pressure people to feel like they have to get their jump on before it goes up.

01.10.20, Justin B., facebook,


01.10.20, C. P., facebook,


01.13.20, Paul B., facebook, it was around 3 pm I took these pictures that are floating around.


01.14.20, Jane D., Tampa, His name was Scott Russ. A co worker and great man. Extremely saddened by the news of his passing.

any more info is welcome.
01.10.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, 15:58, 16:05, 0h7m
 Scott Russ   Scott Russ

facebook.com

mydeathspace.com
01.10.20, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Expect delays southbound as multiple agencies on-scene after subject jumped from center span. Recovery ongoing. later: Confirmed death.
facebook article posts,
01.26.20, Dan S., Scott Russ was a very close and dear friend of mine, unfortunately I didn't know his struggles or what he was going through, I was told he had Huntington disease, which I've been told is incurable, I'm still in shock from this and I will truly miss my buddy more than words can ever say.... I hope he is resting in peace and to that one day we hopefully meet again, I will miss him terribly
.
01.09.20: suicide barrier to be installed on the skyway.

.
01.08.20: save, 2:00pm, male, used the phones, didn't jump, taken away
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
01.09.20, anon, (01.08.20, 02:00pm, male, used the phones, didn't jump, taken away), Male, white SUV at the top, was taken down and prevented from jumping by responding FHP Trooper. Confirmed save.

any more info is welcome.
.
01.04.20: possible jumper/save, 8:40pm
unknown
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
01.04.20, anon, (9:00pm), Empty car stopped at top of south pound bridge tonight. Two police cars there with lights on also. Didnt see any people outside. Possible jumper.

01.04.20, Jim C., facebook, Police activity on bridge currently. There’s at least 3 cruisers.

01.04.20, Lisa N., facebook, Just came over the skyway 1 car and suv on top with 2 police cars looking over the side

01.05.20, Mario, Tampa, (01.04.20, 8:40pm), I was driving southbound on the skyway bridge and saw a black car parked with a person standing by the bridge, around the peak height of it, one leg over the edge. This is around 8:35-8:40pm. I didnt get to stop but it was very concerning to me so I called 911 where they sent highway patrol right away. I have no idea what happened after that but would really like to know if this person is ok, should there be any reports of that night.

01.09.20, anon, (01.04.20, 8:40pm, didn't jump, taken away), Confirmed save. Jumper talked down by responding law enforcement.

any more info is welcome.
01.04.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, 20:40, 21:10, 0h30m
 
the skyway bridge jumper barrier
2020 activity  •  2019  •  2018  •  2017  •  2016  •  2015
2014  •  2013  •  2012  •  2011  •  2010  •  2009
2008  •  2007  •  2006  •  2005  •  2004  •  2003
2002  •  2001  •  2000  •  1999  •  1998  •  1997-1954
report jumper news
jumpers by name
pictures
audiovideos
bridge cameras
research for us
incidents
accidents
skyway disaster
top of this page
what's new
comments
hate mail
infolinks
friends
jumper articles
bridge articles
other bridges
 feel suicidal?
jumper barrier
prevention
site map
home page
about this
disclaimer
ads
contact us
en español friend  friend us on facebook