Ipswich: Man dies after falling from Orwell Bridge

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
6:17 PM

A man, believed to be in his 60s, has died this morning after falling from the Orwell Bridge.

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Suffolk police were notified of the incident on the bridge at 5.10am, receving reports of an abandoned car on the bridge.

Police were also told there was a man on the parapet.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “A male has fallen into the river and has died.”

The spokesman added that the police dealt with the incident along with the ambulance service, the coastguard and the RNLI.

The incident will now be referred to the coroner.

10 comments

  • Those leaving condolences should check out the updated version of this story...

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    A Non

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • 6 ft mesh barrier would be a good idea AND be a good windbreak too

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    barry chark

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Sad to hear about this. ********** Its all too well to talk about barriers... but why is there a parking lay-by just before the bridge A14 Eastbound? To prevent vehicles breaking down on the bridge? To stop high sided vehicles crossing when its really windy? Vehicle break downs are going to happen spontaneous in most instances... and high sided vehicles know they are high sided and if its windy; and can turn off at the Wherstead J56 junction before the bridge. ******* Solution? CLOSE THE PARKING LAYBY. It really has no place being there and its a 20th century planning concept not really fit for 21st century reality. It gives an opportunity for vulnerable people to get to the bridge and end their lives. Stick a sign up for the J56 junction directing lorries in that direction when windy. I am sure the police love parking there to catch speeders etc but its a simple solution that can SAVE LIVES. ******* I genuinely believe these unstable people in most cases would have regret their decision before reaching the water below. Many probably stand on the parapet to be high up to question their life problems - being so high up its windy, which is likely why most fall rather than jump... simply losing their balance. Its something the authorities can easily achieve for minimal cost. ******** RIP to the man who fell.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Very sad, but barriers will not work. If someone is determined to end their life and they go to the bridge to jump - what happens if they find they are prevented by a barrier? They turn 180 degrees and walk out in front of a carlorry...

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    DaveHedgehog

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • It's not the bridge that kills these people, it is the people themselves using the bridge as a means to an end. Treat the cause of the problem and not the weapon. I believe the man in question was due in court today. This may have had a significant impact on why this tragedy happened.

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    Barbie6803

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • i dont think you can generalise and say "even if barriers were in place, if someone wants to do it they will" - surely ANY barrier that has the potential to save someones life is a good thing ? it might just be the thing that stops them from taking their own life, it might be the thing that allows help to reach them before its too late. I for one would like to see some form of barrier on the Orwell Bridge - if it saves just one life then its done its job. RIP to whoever sadly lost their life today.

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    alison martyn

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Very sad to hear of this again, but no matter what you put in place if someone wants to do it they will do it, perhaps we should look at society and question ourselves could we have done more to help this person

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    thedj101

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Very sad , RIP . But there is no way that a Bridge can be adapted to make this impossible . It is a sign of the modern world where there are so many pressures on people . Railway lines used to be regularly used , but not as regular nowadays . Having experienced several aftermaths i believe that people emotionally distressed will always find a way .

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Something urgently needs to be done about this, it seems a weekly episode currently.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Hope you are at peace now.So wish there was something in place to make it harder for people I hate it when you get people saying they will do it anyway.Any time distraction make it harder for distressed person and more chance of emergency services getting there. And yes I think they should have barriers up how many more lives before something is done.!! My thoughts go out to the family rip.

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    jane1978

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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