Man Survives 135-Foot Leap Off Brooklyn Bridge


No one called 911 until seven minutes later!

As hundreds of cars rushed across the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning, each with somewhere to go, one unidentified and emotionally disturbed man must have felt he had nowhere to go but down.  He left the pedestrian walkway, scaled a girder above the roadway, and jumped.

Thankfully, two police officers witnessed his plunge.   The NY Post reports that officers Rosario Roccasalvo and Eugene Bebenista of the NYPD’s Harbor Unit were on patrol in their boat when they saw him falling, straight as a pencil, landing feet-first into the 40-degree water.

“You get goosebumps seeing someone coming off the bridge like that,” said Bebenista.

Roccasalvo said the man was yelling, “help me, help me!” as he tried to stay above the fast-moving currents.

The officers quickly made their way over to where the man went down, threw him a lifeline and pulled him to safety inside their boat.   They brought him to the Fulton Ferry Landing pier where an ambulance took him to the Lutheran Medical Center.  He was listed as in serious, but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Rosario Roccasalvo and Eugene Bebenista of the NYPD’s Harbor Unit

Rosario Roccasalvo and Eugene Bebenista of the NYPD’s Harbor Unit

“He’s lucky we were there,” said Roccasalvo.  “He should take this second chance and enjoy it – do something with it,” he added.

According to Roccasalvo, even though the man jumped off the bridge during the peak of the morning rush hour, a 911 call about his suicide attempt didn’t come in until seven minutes after the officers witnessed his jump.


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