Suffolk: Man survives Orwell bridge plunge

A man was rescued by coastguards after jumping from the Orwell bridge during the early hours of today.

The man is one of few people to have survived after jumping from the structure.

Police officers, fire crews and paramedics were called to The Strand in Wherstead near the Orwell Bridge at 2.38am.

On arrival they saw a man approximately 100 metres from the water’s edge and an inflatable life boat was set up.

Coastguards recovered the man at 3.17am and he was left in the care of paramedics.

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A spokesman for the RNLI said: “Both Harwich RNLI lifeboats were called out at 2.30am on Tuesday morning to assist Suffolk police with a person in the water who was seen jumping from the Orwell Bridge.

“The Inshore lifeboat was first on scene and quickly located the person under the bridge mid stream.

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“He was recovered to the lifeboat and landed to awaiting paramedics at the Suffolk yacht Harbour for immediate medical assistance.

“Both Lifeboats returned to station at 4.10am.”

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