Jumper on Hillsborough Bridge snarls rush hour traffic

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Island EMS paramedics put the person who jumped from the Hillsborough Bridge into an ambulance at the wharf at the Chaarlottetown Seaport Monday afternoon.

The five o'clock rush hour traffic on the Hillsborough Bridge was snarled when someone jumped from the bridge into the river and to make matters worse there were three "fender benders" when people slowed down to watch the action.

RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler said the person was rescued and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The call came in around 5 p.m. and Charlottetown Police Services, RCMP and EMS rushed to the scene while rescue boats took to the water. It was not long before the jumper was hauled aboard a boat and taken to the Charlottetown Seaport wharf and a waiting ambulance.

Police have not released the gender of the jumper or their condition, but Butler said the RCMP will be issuing a news release later tonight with further details.

Organizations: RCMP, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 5 p.m. and Charlotetown Police Services EMS

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  • louise w
    August 12, 2014 - 23:28

    The first paragraph of this article is very disappointing. It sounds like it was someone having a good time and decided to jump off the bridge for fun and rudely interuppted traffic. Sadly it was a human being trying to take their life. Our mental health system is in dire need of change. It has been failing for quite some time. We all deserve the best care, no matter what we are being treated for. The lack of concern and our ignorance towards mental health really needs to be addressed and improved. Very, very sad. I strongly urge you to change this very insensitive wording and not allow this to corrupt opinons any further.

  • Shawn
    August 12, 2014 - 12:34

    I agree completely that the Guardians wording is very insensitive. As is the behavior of rubber necked gawkers getting a thrill from the situation. There have been a few similar situations at the bridge recently. I think it would serve public safety to address the potential problem with the installation of safety fencing as they did in Halifax. Further more why now is our island experiencing this situation with regularity. There needs to be more support for troubled islanders with increased support services for those experiencing depression and mental illness. As economic times get tougher it seems like situations of desperation become more common. Government both Federal and Provincial need to work to build the PEI economy and prevent further lose of industry ie. the McCain's Closure. As for the Guardian if the situations were reversed and you or one of your co-workers made your headlines I think you would be hoping for some caring and compassion.

  • Dar
    August 12, 2014 - 11:12

    Maybe when things like this happen, what the RCMP need to do is have a Highway Safety person call to go to the scene & direct traffic so there are no fender benders ... Just a thought

  • barb
    August 12, 2014 - 09:46

    Jen, my sentiments exactly. Thanks for posting. Things like this have probably happened to this poor person their whole life.

  • Jen
    August 12, 2014 - 08:56

    I think this guardian article is extremely insensitive! This "jumper" was actually a person trying to take their own life, who cares if it "snarls rush hour traffic"...the article then goes on to say "to make matters worse there were three fender benders when people slowed down to watch the action". What would have made matters worse if the person actually died, fender benders are the least thing to be worried about!!! Oh and by "action", I guess you mean a person jumping to their death (or trying to)...

    • Tanya
      August 12, 2014 - 09:29

      I couldn't agree with you more!

  • reality
    August 12, 2014 - 05:28

    drivers who can't pay attention to the road in emergencies are very dangerous --best thing to do is to get away from the situation not stick your nose and your car into the way of people who are trained to deal with the emergency -plain stupidity !!!!

  • Hope
    August 11, 2014 - 20:31

    Hopefully this guy gets the help he needs. Is this becoming a more common occurrence on PEI?

    • islander
      August 12, 2014 - 12:34

      yes sadly it is happening more and more each day. More then the public are even hearing about but does anyone have to ask why people are stressed beyond stressed bills to pay and no paying jobs to be found to support loved ones on.

  • Dennis Munroe
    August 11, 2014 - 18:42

    It is long past time some government put in place nets to prevent people from reaching the water. Jumping is a permanent solution to a short time issue