UPDATE: Person pulled from water near Hillsborough Bridge

Ryan Ross
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A man who jumped from the Hillsborough Bridge has been taken to hospital after Charlottetown firefighters pulled him from the water shortly before noon.

Speaking to the media at the scene, Deputy fire Chief Tim Mamye said he didn’t know much about the man’s condition, but the paramedics were able to start working on him as soon as rescuers had him back on land.


“I just know that he had some weak vitals, but I’m not quite sure after that,” he said.

At around 10:30 a.m. the Charlottetown fire department received a call from the RCMP that someone had jumped off the Hillsborough Bridge into the river below.

Police, firefighters and Island EMS were quick to respond and moved to several locations on the waterfront as they tried to locate the man in the water.

It was a clear, sunny day with the temperature around 5 C, but the water was still cold with long stretches of ice along the shores.

That ice blocked access to the river and kept the fire department from launching its rescue boat from any of its three launch sites in Charlottetown.

Most of the emergency workers eventually gathered at the cruise ship port as they watched the river for any sign of the man.

Eventually two people on the Stratford side spotted him in the water.

With the ice hampering efforts to launch a rescue vessel, a contractor at the cruise ship terminal brought a small boat that firefighters were able to lower into the water using a forklift.

That was almost an hour after the man had gone into the water.

The rescuers were able to pull the man from the water and about 10 minutes after they set out, the firefighters brought him back to the wharf where he was lifted out of the boat and loaded into an ambulance.

A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter joined the search, but was only over the scene for a few minutes before the man was rescued.

Mamye said the people on the shore on the Stratford side had lost sight of the man, but the firefighters in the boat were able to find him.

“He was right along the ice line on the Stratford side,” he said.



Geographic location: Hillsborough Bridge, Charlottetown

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  • former coastie
    April 08, 2014 - 16:06

    another good reason why the coast guard base should never have been closed and replaced with that empty convention centre.... when I worked there, we always had boats up on the apron that could be quickly fueled and ready to go... plus we had our own cranes so it would have been nothing to drop a sea truck or a rhib in the water with some folks who have sar experience... pei lost its only coast guard base and will never ever get it back

  • Johnny
    April 07, 2014 - 21:43

    What a complete farce . As somebody that has spent most his working life on the water the City of. Charlottetown should be mortified at what took place there today. I can't believe what I just watched trying to get a boat in the water. Sad state of affairs, lucky nobody else ended up in the water while waving a liferaft around with a forklift. Complete FARCE.

    • Well Johnny
      April 08, 2014 - 09:53

      If it was a such a farce -why (with all your years of experience) didn't you lend a helping hand? Armchair critics are a dime a dozen it seems!

  • These things happen
    April 07, 2014 - 21:17

    Usinga shotgun approach to condemn our mental health issues,and suicide proofing the bridge has nothing to do with this incident ..it was a person who was having obivious strife in their life....it happens everyday...they made a split second unwise decision to do what they did.....there are numerous reasons why we act like we do.........these things happen ,it's a natural cycle in life.....it 's not pleasant but it happens.....Congrats to the RCMP,City POLICE and CFD response..........lets hope the person involved gets some much needed help.

  • islander
    April 07, 2014 - 17:41

    If our mental health centers wont full with homeless people and our homeless centers didn't keep closing then maybe it wouldn't take 6 months to talk to a person that has mental illness. It takes a strong individual to take their own life. I think the comment area should be taken down. What is it your right to comment on what's going on in he's life that was so bad he didn't want to live through it .

  • CaringIslander
    April 07, 2014 - 16:44

    Nevermind a fence it wont stop it. We need to stop and take a longgggg hard look at our addiction/mental health. It all runs together we obviously need supervision on our bridge which saddens me that that's an easier solution then getting proper help for islanders suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health. I would like our minister of health to stand up and do something. There is no help here or very short term.

  • PeanutFreeMom
    April 07, 2014 - 16:22

    I was just a few feet from him when he jumped this morning. Islanders should be proud of how many heroic people took action - a brave gentleman was already out of his car and was trying to coach the man down, when he jumped I started screaming and called 911, but I wasn't the first to call. Then two incredibly brave emergency response people walked out on the ice flow, risking their own lives to try to save him - even after we all believed it was far too late. It's certainly incredible that he is alive, and I hope he gets the treatment he needs to recovery both physically and emotionally. My heart goes out to this man and his family. I am grateful to call this wonderful island home where people stop to help another in need without thinking of their own safety.

  • same story
    April 07, 2014 - 15:32

    Never mind a fence , that would be an eye sore. Put a giant net underneath the bridge or maybe a have a police officer on patrol at all times under the bridge to watch for jumpers .

  • El Fordo
    April 07, 2014 - 14:55

    its about time mental health is given it's own sector of healthcare, rather then being clumped together with addictions, both are very serious issues and both need serious funding.

  • Lillian
    April 07, 2014 - 14:10

    Time to take a serious look at mental health and addictions in this province. When you can spend thousands on a 2014 party surely we can pay for Doctors, nurses and specialists to help these people who suffer in silence and see no other way out but suicide, Help is needed when will it come is the Question????

    • nitpicker
      April 07, 2014 - 16:30

      you're completely trivializing the serious issue of mental illness and suicide.

    • Bob MacDonald
      April 07, 2014 - 16:40

      Healthcare already takes up nearly 50% of PEI entire budget. It is actually the one item that is completely out of control . We don't need to spend more but we may need to be getting better value for what we do spend. http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Opinion/Columnists/2013-04-15/article-3220070/Health-care%3A-staggering-costs-that-keep-going-higher/1

    • To Bob MacDonald
      April 07, 2014 - 17:27

      The recommendation is that 8% of a Province's healthcare budget be spent on mental health and addictions. PEI spends only 4%.. The area of MH&A is hugely underfunded.

  • Mike MacInnis
    April 07, 2014 - 13:37

    Great work to all who helped to find this man and save him!

  • DerrickJ
    April 07, 2014 - 12:27

    I think its about time someone looks at installing fences , this is becoming a serious issue.

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    April 07, 2014 - 10:51

    It saddens me to think about the desperation that some of our friends and neighbours are going through despite the beautiful country and province we live in. Maybe this is another reflection of the diseased social and political system we keep trying to live with.

    • Hear, hear
      April 07, 2014 - 12:31


    • wow
      April 07, 2014 - 17:37

      A wise guardian comment... I'm amazed