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Search for possible bridge jumper ends

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 22, 2003

ST. PETERSBURG - After searching for more than an hour Saturday, U.S. Coast Guard officials called off a search for an unidentified man who reportedly jumped off the Sunshine Skyway bridge earlier in the day.

An off-duty Coast Guard pilot was driving across the bridge when he saw a man climbing over the railing of the southbound lane, Petty Officer Brian Dorsey said.

The off-duty pilot called authorities, and a search and rescue team was dispatched by boat and helicopter about 25 minutes later.

"When we finally got to the location he had already jumped," Dorsey said.

[Last modified June 22, 2003, 01:33:03]

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