Firefighters pulled a man from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay after witnesses say he jumped Monday morning from the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge.
Anne Arundel County Fire Department Division Chief Michael Cox said both land and water crews were dispatched to the vicinity of the Bay Bridge at 7:05 a.m.
Firefighters on the fire rescue boat pulled the 31-year-old man from the water under the three-lane span of the bridge east of the center span and took him to shore at Sandy Point State Park where county paramedics took over, Cox said.
Paramedics moved the man to the parking area and transferred him to a Maryland State Police MedEvac helicopter; he was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries, Cox said.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police found a 2011 Chevrolet truck abandoned on the older, two-lane span of the bridge at mile marker 34 Monday morning, Lt. Pamela Thorne said.
This was the second jumper in four days. On Friday, the body of a Crownsville man was found near the shore in the area of Beach Road in Kent Island Estates.
The body was recovered at 9:45 a.m. Friday, according to Thorne, who said police had found an abandoned 1990 Chevrolet Lumina in the right lane of the three-lane span on the Bay Bridge in the wee hours preceding discovery of the body.
Anyone contemplating suicide is urged to call the Maryland Crisis Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-0009.