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located just west of downtown clearwater.
updated: 06.09.16
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06.02.16: jumped on a dare, male, died
Patrick J. James, 48
06.02.16, IONTBfb/iontb.com, Clearwater: Man jumped from Memorial Causeway Bridge about 12:30AM. Fire rescue crews searched till about 2:30AM. FWC, USCG and CPD continue. later:
Clearwater Police and Clearwater Fire & Rescue continue to investigate the case of a man who reportedly jumped from the Memorial Causeway bridge early this morning. Two men were walking across the bridge shortly after midnight when they started talking about a dare for each of them to jump from the bridge. One man told officers that the other man jumped. There was a delay of at least 30 to 45 minutes before it was reported. Detectives are trying to ascertain this morning if the incident did occur. Clearwater firefighters, along with the Coast Guard, are searching the area south of the Memorial Causeway bridge this morning. later:
Fisherman finds body of a man 2 miles west of Clearwater in Gulf of Mexico; discovery likely connected to this morning's bridge jumper case according to Clearwater Police.

06.02.16, abcactionnews.com, A body discovered in the Gulf of Mexico about two miles west of Clearwater belongs to a man who apparently jumped Thursday from the Memorial Causeway.
Police began searching the water around the Memorial Causeway early Thursday after a man reportedly told officials someone jumped from the bridge.
Several rescue boats, a helicopter and a combination of four agencies participated in the search for several hours after the report came in around 12:30 a.m. The water rescue search focused on Clearwater Bay.
The search was suspended after more than three hours.
The Clearwater Police Department reported Thursday afternoon the body had been discovered by a fisherman.
The man’s name has not been released.


06.02.16, tampabay.com, Body of man who jumped off Memorial Bridge in Clearwater recovered in Gulf
The body of a man who jumped from the Memorial Causeway bridge in Clearwater on a dare was located this afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater police said.
According to police, a fisherman found the body of the unidentified 48-year-old man about two miles west of Clearwater Beach.
Police confirmed the body is that of a man who was reported to have jumped off the bridge earlier this morning.
A man told police that he and the victim were walking across the bridge around 12:30 a.m. when they dared each other to jump.
The victim jumped, the man told police, and there was a delay of between 30 and 45 minutes before the incident was reported, according to a news release.
The man's identity will not be released until after his family has been notified, police said.
a few comments from the article:
• Rodney D., Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Sure hope this idiot didnt leave any kids behind....
• Mel_G_Isa_Schmu­ck, Except for that narrow dredged channel part, the water around the bridge is 6 feet or less deep. So his fall probably had about the same impact as jumping off a building onto a side walk. Oh well, he won't make that mistake in judgement again.
• hookahs Smoking, You go first...no, you go first...no, you go first.....

06.03.16, tampabay.com, Police identify man who jumped off Memorial Bridge in Clearwater.
CLEARWATER — Police have identified the 48-year-old man whose body was found in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday afternoon, Clearwater police said.
Patrick J. James jumped from the Memorial Causeway bridge about 12:30 a.m. Thursday after he and another man dared each other to jump, according to police. Thursday afternoon, a fisherman found James's body about two miles west of Clearwater Beach.
Police said they believe both men are transients. The other man told police they talked about jumping together, but only James did. According to a news release, the other man reported the incident between 30 and 45 minutes after it happened.
 
any more info is welcome.
06.08.16, Elena G., St Pete, FL., Patrick was such an awesome and fun person. He was so caring, giving, passionate, and just fun to be around. He told great stories and with incredible enthusiasm. He loved his bird, Tiki, like a father loves their child. Its so hard to believe that this happened but those close to him in the last 6 months know that he has been unhappy and suffering on the inside. Its so sad and heartbreaking that he would take this route because he truly was an amazing person and could've done something great or been someone great in this life. He will be greatly missed. :'(
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08.31.13: jumper, male, died
unknown
08.31.13, tampabay.com, Mike Brassfield, Times Staff Writer,
CLEARWATER — A man died Saturday night after he either jumped or fell off the Memorial Causeway bridge, police said.
It happened on the west end of the bridge span over the Memorial Park grounds. About 10:45 p.m., an unknown person, possibly a witness, called 911 to report that a man had jumped or fallen from the bridge, said Clearwater spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.
Police and paramedics responded. Authorities have not yet released the name of the man.

any more info is welcome.
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08.28.10: jumper, male, lived
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08.28.10, zolter, The Skyway is getting some competition lately. Jumper at 8:40 this morning from Clearwater Memorial Causeway. Male was pulled from the water after holding on to the new docks downtown. Being transported to Morton Plant. Maybe because of the economy they can not pay the toll for the Skyway.(we don't have it in us to start memorialcausewayjumperpool.com, so this page will have to suffice.)
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08.21.10: jumper, male, died
Matthew Allen Woodward, 34
08.23.10, tampabay.com, Man's body found south of Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge
Rodney Thrash, Times Staff Writer
CLEARWATER — Clearwater Fire & Rescue marine units retrieved an unidentified man's body from the Intracoastal Waterway on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
About 4:30 p.m., someone on a fishing boat saw a body about a half-mile south of the Memorial Causeway Bridge and called 911, Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts said.
Watts would not release details about the condition of the body, but she said there is no indication of foul play.
"Detectives say his death does not appear to be a homicide," she said. "They are working to identify the body. The circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation."
The man's body surfaced less than 24 hours after the Coast Guard suspended a search for one near Clearwater Pass.
According to the Coast Guard, two people on personal watercraft noticed a white male wearing a green and yellow hat floating face down in the channel near Marker 4 about 1:20 p.m. Sunday.
When the pair approached the possible body, it disappeared. The two riders returned to shore and alerted the watercraft rental owner, who called 911.
After a search that spanned about four hours and 20 to 25 square nautical miles, the Coast Guard and several other agencies called it off about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Investigators have not determined if the body that surfaced Monday is the same one that officials could not find Sunday, Watts said.

08.25.10, tampabay.com, Clearwater man's body found floating near Memorial Causeway Bridge
By Andy Boyle, Times Staff Writer
CLEARWATER — Police identified the body of a man found floating south of Memorial Causeway Bridge on Monday.
The man's name is Matthew Allen Woodward, 34, of Clearwater. A preliminary investigation indicates that Woodward jumped from the bridge, police said.
Several of his personal belongings were found on the bridge Saturday, police said. An autopsy confirmed that Woodward's body showed no signs of trauma. But officials will not determine the official cause of death until toxicology tests are completed.
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09.23.08: jumper, male, lived
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09.23.08, wtsp.com, Clearwater, Florida -- A young man jumped from the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge this evening and survived, police said.
The fire department and marine units assisted in recovering the man and getting him to shore. There was no immediate word on injuries, if any, other than apparently he was "going to be OK," said city spokesperson Joelle Wiley.
She said the young man would be arrested.
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11.25.07: suicide pact - jumper, male, died
Craig Hill, 25, died • Todd Payne Jr., decided not to jump
11.27.07: full article


11.28.07, tampabay.com, Craig Hill, 25, made the 74-foot jump on Sunday.
By Times Staff Writers
CLEARWATER - Craig Hill, 25, had jumped from small bridges in Pinellas County, waterfalls in North Carolina and on early Sunday, he and a friend decided they wanted to be the first ones to jump from the top of the Memorial Causeway Bridge, which connects downtown Clearwater to the beach.
His friend, Todd Payne Jr., decided not to jump after watching Hill take the plunge, which authorities believe killed him. As of Monday, searchers had not found his body. At its highest point, near where he jumped, the bridge is 74 feet high. The channel beneath it is about 20 feet deep.

11.28.07, mydeathspace.com, Craig Hill (25) is presumed dead after jumping off Memorial Causeway Bridge to become the "King of Clearwater"

11.29.07, tbo.com, Body Of Bridge Jumper Found By Coast Guard
CLEARWATER - The body of a man who jumped from the Memorial Causeway Bridge on Sunday was found by the Coast Guard on Thursday afternoon, Clearwater police said.
The body of Craig Hill, who was last seen jumping from the bridge at 2:36 a.m. Sunday, was found off Clearwater Beach at 4 p.m. Thursday. The medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy.
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04.07.86: jumper, male, lived, runs
unknown
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07.25.84: getting all 'dukes of hazzard' on the old drawbridge • full article
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11.28.47: car plunges off clearwater memorial causeway bridge • full article
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09.07.37: jumper, female, lived
Corrine Davis, party girl
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