Man jumped from Bascule Bridge, Lowestoft, and two men jumped after to rescue him

The Bascule Bridge, at Lowestoft. Picture: ANDY DARNELL

The Bascule Bridge, at Lowestoft. Picture: ANDY DARNELL - Credit: Archant � 2007

Coastguard were called after a woman saw a man jump from the Bascule Bridge, in Lowestoft, this morning.

The man was seen jumping from the bridge by a woman driving past, according to the Coastguard and two men jumped in shortly afterwards to try and rescue him.

Suffolk police were initially called to the bridge with concerns for a man’s welfare. A spokeswoman for the police said they were called just before 8.40am today.

The Coastguard were called at 8.47am after the man had jumped from the bridge into the water.

The coastguard control room said they dispatched Lowestoft Coastguard Team and the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat to the scene.

They confirmed the two other men in the water had entered to try and rescue the man.

All three men made it safely on to dry land and into the care of the ambulance service. They have been taken to hospital as a precaution.

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A crew from Lowestoft lifeboat brought two of them to safety, where they were met by paramedics and an ambulance crew. The third man was able to exit the water by himself.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said the first man entered the water, shortly followed by his friend and then a passerby who tried to rescue him.

Another member of the public threw in a life buoy to help the men before the RNLI boat could attend.

The bridge was lifted to allow the lifeboat through, with police managing traffic. Four vehicles from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were also called to the scene but were stood down.

The police spokeswoman said the response was a “team effort”, with multiple emergency services working together to rescue the three men.

Police would not confirm how the man entered the water, but coastguard were told he had jumped.

Heavy traffic has built around the area, but the bridge has since been re-opened to traffic.

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