CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Police Department has located the person who jumped from Snow's Cut Bridge around noon on Sunday February 5th, 2017. He was found alive and with no injuries Tuesday evening, February 7th.
Area law enforcement, fire personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard searched the waters of Snow's Cut and the Cape Fear River after someone called 911 to report a person jumped from the bridge leading onto Pleasure Island.
Carolina Beach Police, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department and Fire Fighters were searching the banks of Snow's Cut shortly after lunchtime Sunday.
Authorities called off the search that day around 5pm. Officials were discussing returning Monday morning to continue the search. The initial report from a person was a male in his 20's wearing a shirt, shorts but no shoes a top the bridge shortly before noon Sunday before he jumped.
Multiple agencies including New Hanover County Fire and Sheriff's Departments, the U.S. Coast Guard, NC Marine Patrol and the Wilmington Fire Department sent boats to aid in the search as well as a helicopter to search from the air.
Detective Scott Hettinger with the Carolina Beach Police Department issued a release Monday afternoon stating, "Officials with the Carolina Beach Police Department responded to a citizen’s report, of an unidentified male, wearing shorts with no shoes and no shirt jump off of the Snows Cut Bridge. Multiple citizens called to report similar sightings. Patrol Officers with the Carolina Beach Police Department as well as other public service agencies began searching the area. At this time the person has not been located. Law enforcement is attempting to identify the person, based on the description from the witnesses. A search will continue with a variety of resources, to include land, water and aerial equipment and personnel."
The Carolina Beach Police Department requested assistance to identify a person in a photograph taken by surveillance cameras in the area of the Snows Cut Bridge that matched the description of the unidentified person who was reported as the victim.
Tuesday evening, February 7th, Detective Scott Hettinger located the individual after receiving information from people who had seen the photograph distributed to local news media.
Hettinger said Tuesday, "The person that jumped from the Snow's Cut Bridge has been located and is fine with no injuries. The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time."
Hettinger said no charges have been filed at this time but the investigation is ongoing.
History of Similar Incidents at Snow's Cut Bridge:
In April of 2015 a man died after his vehicle collided with several trees under Snow's Cut Bridge and then he jumped from the top of the bridge in view of emergency personnel responding to the vehicle incident.
According to Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department, 20-year-old Forrest David Johnson was driving a red SUV on River Road at around 7:30am Sunday morning when he failed to make the sharp turn below Snow's Cut Bridge and collided with multiple trees.
Brewer said, "He failed to make the 90 degree turn and hit multiple trees. The vehicle was a mangled mess."
Brewer said emergency personnel searched for the driver for around 15 to 20 minutes and then they heard Johnson yell down from the top of the bridge, "Hey ya'll watch this" at which point Johnson jumped and landed on rocks beneath the bridge.
Johnson was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. He passed away later the same day from injuries resulting from the impact on the rocks.
In May of 2015 a lady parked near the bridge and jumped over the railing. She landed in shallow water and managed to make her way to the rocks on shore near Snow's Cut Park on the north side of the bridge. Firefighters from a nearby station responded and she was transported by EMS due to injuries. No charges were filed.
Previous incidents include a July 31st, 2013 attempted suicide when a Carolina Beach Police Officer convinced a man not to jump.
November 2011 was a busy month near the bridge. A female left a note and her cell phone atop the bridge leading law enforcement to believe she jumped into the waters below. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department later found her safe at another location.
The Sheriff's Department found a man who committed suicide at the Snow's Cut Park on the north side of the bridge off River Road.
Several weeks prior to that, the Carolina Beach Police Department responded to a reported suicide jumper at Snow's Cut Bridge.
After finding a man's wallet and other belongings, they searched for his body in the waters below, but were later notified of a man walking in only his ripped boxers along the side of the road.
The man said he was retired Coast Guard and often jumped from bridges. EMS personnel took him to the hospital for observation. He was not charged by police.
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