The Staten Island Advance is reporting that a disturbing string of suicides on the Verrazano Bridge which began in April continued yesterday, when a man in his 30s jumped from near the middle of the almost mile-long span at around 2:30 p.m.
Fortunately, this time the NYPD Harbor Unit pulled the jumper from the seasonably warm waters within minutes.
According to an account on the Advance’s website, the individual had leaped from the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge’s upper level, plunging into the Narrows below.
This would mark the sixth suicide or attempted suicide by men in the vicinity of the Verrazano since April.
On June 8, police said 46-year old Brooklyn resident Benny Guzman leaped from the lower level. The body of a Hispanic male was discovered five days later.
On May 27, Joseph Battista, a 54-year-old Sanitation worker from Todt Hill, plunged more than 200 feet to his death from the upper level of the Staten Island-bound side of the span, authorities said.
In a dramatic rescue on May 1, a group of Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority police officers and bridge workers helped pull a 51-year-old would-be jumper to safety as he dangled from the rail of the Brooklyn-bound lower level.
And back on April 4, two officers with the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit, with an assist from a TBTA officer, pulled a 41-year-old man to safety before he had a chance to leap to his death.
On May 15, after responding to a call to a rest area near the Brooklyn side of the bridge, police found the body of a man sitting in a dark minivan. The victim was believed to have taken his own life with a .25-caliber semi-automatic hand gun – which was recovered from the floor of the vehicle.