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Man talked out of bridge jump

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 13, 2003

The Sunshine Skyway bridge was closed for three hours Saturday morning while emergency responders talked a man out of jumping off the bridge.

The man was spotted at 6:25 a.m. by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert Knight, who was patrolling the bridge as part of FHP's Skyway Suicide Watch.

Sgt. Steven Hooppell said a trooper patrols the bridge 24 hours a day, looking out for jumpers.

Officials from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team were able to negotiate with the man, whom they took into custody, sheriff's officials said.

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