Suffolk: Man dies after falling from Orwell Bridge

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:41 AM

A man died after falling from the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich yesterday.

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A rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham and coastguard teams were sent to the scene at about 11.25am yesterday after a police officer reported seeing someone climbing on to the parapet before “going out of view”.

The body was located by the Holbrook coastguard team.

The man was then airlifted to hospital but it is understood that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Details of the incident have just been released but a spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “The matter will now be referred to the coroner and no further details will be released.”

Urgent call for improved safety measures on Orwell Bridge following latest death

19 comments

  • something needs to be done??? if someone is going to do it they will do it regardless where it is. if they cant jump off the bridge they will find somewhere else that's higher or in front of moving traffic. one way to improve is to improve quality of life people are struggling bills and life in general. another way is to actually get rid of a foot path on the bridge why would you have a footpath there any ways. take away the footpath and make it non accessible, but then back to the comments below other ways will be found. lets get to the real world here..... he jumped he didn't fall. jumped. you don't climb up on that wall just to look at the view!!! a fence and signs wow that will really stop someone wanting to take their own life. A lame health and safety sign wont stop it.

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    dominic miaoulis

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Very sad, condolences to the family. This is becoming suffolk equivalent to beachy head. Perhaps extra high netting type barrier is needed

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    L S

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • If people are determined to kill themselves they will find a way. No fence or warning sign is going to stop them.

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    RC

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • It's not the bridge that needs addressing, it's funding for local mental health facilities.

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    Larry andrews

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Oh dear god bless you x

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • The help needs to start from the doctors. They need to be more proactive in understanding the person. The crisis team are more worried about finishing paperwork than actually taken the time to contact the persons in need.

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    carrottop

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Some elasticated netting running all along the outer edges would be the answer, You know the stuff the councils use to protect older building from pigeons.? if it can protect buildings then surely it'd do an awesome job at saving lives. Thing is then railways death toll will rise with more train drivers suffering for the rest of their lives. Double edge sword whatever you do.

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    a friend

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • At somepoint something needs to be done about this, its rising year on year people jumping off the bridge.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Ted i appreciate what your saying but what can be done? 24 hour surveillance wouldn't be cost effective and if some sort of fencing was put up if people are that desperate they'll find a way.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • It shows the times we live in when you have to consider plastic fencing. If it cannot be more of a deterrent involving a metal and barbed wire construction then it seems to me little is going to stop them.

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    Chris D

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • While its so sad when a person feels they have to end their life there is little that can be done to stop it if someone is determined to go through with it, shops put a limit on sales of paracetamol but deliberate overdose cases still happen. There are Samaritan phones on the bridge but I doubt if many use them as by the time you're up there you must be pretty set on your intentions and as Dominic rightly said, they don't fall, a fall is accidental, they purposely jump. It clearly isn't a spur of the moment decision to jump from the bridge, you have to get there, walk across and climb up, that is determination and as sad as it is it will always happen, like others have said if not the bridge they will find another way. I agree better mental healthcare may help some but not all, a huge number of people struggling with mental issues never consult a doctor and can do a good job of appearing fine to the outside worldwide struggling with turmoil inside. Tragic for the person involved and their family. RIP.

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    MZH

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • It's always sad when someone does this but I can't understand people who blame the bridge?? If someone is intent on taking their own life then they will anyhow!

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    JazzieD

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • oh jenny where are you coming from? putting a notice up to warn people not to jump as it will hurt you i don't think will stop them ,what next a 12 ft high wire fence with control towers, no if someone wants to end their life they will find away,

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    pandy

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • If this were a cliff edge that people were jumping off they would put a fence in place and notices, warning off the danger of a fall.

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    jenny

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Ignore my comment, got the date wrong

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    Joshua Andrews

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • I can think of ways to make the bridge safer for those wanting to jump. people talk about the cost of putting a chain link fence on the side of the bridge. but what about the cost of a human life? What about the cost to the taxpayer for having to collect the body? police, fire service, coast guard. the cost of shutting the bridge off for an hour or two? Get a plastic chain link fence on there, make it 8 foot high. sure they can cut through with cutters, but it buys time to get a jumper some help.

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    a.emmerson

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • "I'm right,your not"[sic]... so people's lives aren't cost effective? We're talking 10-20 a year aren't we? What do you value your life at then?

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    Liam Dodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • If they don't jump off the bridge because it is fenced and they are serious they will start leaping off tall buildings or in shopping centres, if someone is serious they will do it (my brother did) and at least the bridge is very limited in what people may see unlike other options that could disturb an observer for life. You cannot clothe the world in cotton wool.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • something needs to be done??? if someone is going to do it they will do it regardless where it is. if they cant jump off the bridge they will find somewhere else that's higher or in front of moving traffic. one way to improve is to improve quality of life people are struggling bills and life in general. another way is to actually get rid of a foot path on the bridge why would you have a footpath there any ways. take away the footpath and make it non accessible, but then back to the comments below other ways will be found. lets get to the real world here..... he jumped he didn't fall. jumped. you don't climb up on that wall just to look at the view!!! a fence and signs wow that will really stop someone wanting to take their own life. A lame health and safety sign wont stop it.

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    dominic miaoulis

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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