A man survived an attempted suicide jump off the Verrazano Bridge late Sunday afternoon, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson.
“He was in critical condition but alive,” Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe told reporter Jillian Jorgensen from Staten Island Advance.
NYPD Harbor Unit officers pulled the man from the 62 degree water between Staten Island and Brooklyn.
An MTA spokesperson also confirmed with reporters that the jumper had been fished out of the Narrows alive. From the Coast Guard station, the man was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.
The man had first been spotted at 5:26 p.m., an NYPD spokesman told the Advance, when he was seen getting out of a parked vehicle on the span’s Upper Level before jumping. NYPD Harbor and Aviation units then began to search the water to find him, the spokesman said.
As part of what has been described since earlier this year as an alarming trend, the Advance writes that there has been five suicides, including at least three thwarted attempts, since December 2011.