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Update: Man Dies in Apparent Suicide Jump from Tappan Zee Bridge

Body recovered at bridge pier by volunteer firefighters; one Tarrytown firefighter treated at Phelps after going into the water.

Editor's Note: article updated at 10:18 a.m.

A man jumped to his death from the Tappan Zee Bridge early Friday morning in an apparent suicide, according to police.

State Police discovered an unoccupied car on the southbound side of the center span about 4 a.m., and rescue crews were called out to investigate a possible jumper.

Volunteer firefighters operating from rescue boats on the Hudson River discovered the victim on a bridge pier on the Westchester side of the bridge. Nyack volunteer firefighters were the first to reach the scene with their rescue boat.

Tarrytown Police Lieutenant William Herguth reported that at 4:18 a.m. marine units established operation as a "recovery" rather than a "rescue." Police said the body was removed and taken ashore in Tarrytown and then taken to the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office.

Central Nyack Fire Chief Mike Healy said firefighters performed CPR on the victim as he was being transported by boat to the shore in Westchester.

The emergency response efforts included: Westchester County Department of Emergency Services; Tarrytown and Irvington Marine Units; Nyack and Piermont fire department rescue boats; Rockland County paramedics; Tarrytown and Greenburgh EMS; New York State Police and Tarrytown Police.

The age and identity of the victim were not yet available. Tarrytown's new fire chief, Eugene Gasparre, sworn in only April 6, said the identity of the victim was known but couldn't yet be released as all information was on "lock-down" with the State Police.

During the recovery effort, a Tarrytown firefighter slipped from the bridge pier and fell into the river. Andrew Wilgermein was transported by ambulance to to be evaluated because of the temperature of the water, Herguth reported.

At 10:25 a.m., Phelps spokesperson Tina Dorfman reported that Wilgermein had been treated and released.

"It's always dangerous going out onto the river," Gasparre said. An event like this in the early morning hours, he said, "catches you by surprise."

andreana April 22, 2012 at 08:49 PM
This bridge is a death trap, people really are coming from all over to jump, take it the hell down it's cursed
Dana B. May 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
they remove any comments that are not appropriate.
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen! Yes! it is very sad . . . but [ever thought] why and how many "people" since the Year 2009 to this one have jumped or killed themselves in Rockland County. I think a PERSON HAS TO BE VERY STRONG to handle what transpires in The County of Rockland, The State of New York. If THE DOJ conducts a RESEARCH REPORT how much intimidation is parvalent over here with a few "skunks" well connnected in almost every corner of this County! All needs to be done is connect the dots! - It's really Shocking! Many people can't handle or standup that much misrable they do their best to make for others! May be they are living in a "secret society" tradition! But! an intellegent analyst is the one who can see within a split of a second the conduct and behavoiur . . .The Cat is out of the bag! The Rats may run soon to England! HABIBHASAN-An Amercican Storyteller
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Why did HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller specifically mentioned 2009? Well! Stay Tuned! This is CNN . .. [with 499,657] Viewers! Can you imagine! The Federal Law will prevail! HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller
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