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2022 jump events

updated: 07.09.22
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07.09.22: possible jumper, 10:00pm
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07.09.22, Kayla R., St. Petersburg, (10:00pm), White Lincoln stopped at the top of the bridge on my way home. Couldn’t see if anyone was in the car.

any more info is welcome.
05.27.22: article - suicides have dropped dramatically.
05.15.22: jumper, 9:25am, female, rescued, lived
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05.15.22, anon, This is female. Picked up by boat later: Trauma alert. Jumped from just before fence

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05.15.22, Hillsborough Sheriff, Location: 0 BLOCK SKYWAY BRIDGE, Event: MENTALLY ILL PERSON / VIOLENT, Service Date: 05/15/2022 @ 9:25 Time Cleared: 12:41 3h16m, Report Number: 22376693
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05.17.22, Marcus S., My Buddy and I were Tarpon fishing and she landed right behind our Boat she would not get in the boat or take any help. We called 911 right away, held her for 45 mins until Hillsborough County Sheriff's came. later: ...she kept saying she did something very bad and wrong. I held her next to the boat she kept trying to drowned herself.
05.15.22: save, male, 4:40am - 07:30am
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05.15.22, Darlena G., facebook, My daughter is on the north side of the skyway waiting to come over. She said there is a jumper. She just said it may be another hour. So sad

05.15.22, Mike D., facebook, Southbound is shutdown, uhaul truck against the barrier fence with fire rescue and someone or multiple people on top of the truck. It was dark so couldn’t tell if they were fixing something or what

05.15.22, anon, facebook, Possible jumper. Standing on top of U-Haul, Started about 445am, Still negotiating, All sb closed later: He is just sitting there. Not even moving. Maybe they can do something when hcso and fhp can figure out who is in charge later: In custody


05.15.22, Travis P., facebook,

05.15.22, Diana C., Ellenton, On the way to taking my son to the airport and I see lights. As we reached the very top, I see a man standing on top of a UHAUL truck! Emergency vehicles everywhere! South bound is completely closed. Never did I imagine I would see what may be someone's possible last moments. So sad that this person feels so hopeless. The temptation to escape the pain must be too overwhelming to fight. I pray he changes his mind!

any more info is welcome.
05.15.22,, SO22-147589 04:54 AM, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, 0 Sunshine Skyway Ln S, ST PETERSBURG, SI10

05.15.22, Hillsborough Sheriff, Location: 0 BLOCK SKYWAY BRIDGE, Event: MENTALLY ILL PERSON / NON VIOLENT, Service Date: 05/15/2022 @ 5:37, Time Cleared: 9:43 4h06m, Report Number: 22376368
05.15.22,, TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Person standing on UHaul closes Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
The southbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge have been closed as authorities are gathered at what appears to be the bridge’s peak.
At this time, there is little known information on the situation, but 8 On Your Side has learned that an investigation is underway. Traffic cams showed a person sitting on top of a UHaul before they climbed down from the vehicle.
We are awaiting more information from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Drivers are asked to seek an alternate route in the meanwhile.
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04.24.22: jumper, died, body found same day
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04.24.22, anon, Body pulled from under bridge

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04.24.22, traffic feed, SUICIDE, SKYWAY BRIDGE SB [7 BRIDGE SKYWAY SB X2[SR-55]] x[SR-55] [SAINT PETERSBURG], DispatchTime: 09:46 ArriveTime: 09:52, Notes: ROADBLOCK INSIDE LANES

04.24.22, Hillsborough Sheriff, SKYWAY BG, DECEASED PERSON, 9:34, 16:27, 7h53m
04.24.22, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Expect delays on the Skyway due to emergency vehicle activity

04.24.22, Lisa K., We headed across the bridge at 7am and there was a car parked at the top of the bridge on the inside shoulder lane. Coming back northbound around 10:30, FHP and 2 sheriffs had the doors & trunk open on the car and one officer was gloves and had evidence bags in his hand. later: FHP has it marked as a suicide

04.24.22, Debbie D., The PCSO website says “water rescue”. And google maps shows delays in both directions.

04.24.22, Amy H., Jumper again today. Showing traffic on bridge and water rescue and FHP showing suicide all approx same time.
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04.24.22, Amy C., I drive this bridge 3 times a week for the last 3 years for school. My very first day there was a jumper. I’ve been stuck at the bridge 3 times myself for jumpers. Since this fence there are virtually no incidence. This is the first I’ve heard of a successful jumper. Yes if someone wants to end their life they will do it but the fence protects drivers as well. It’s very traumatic to witness.
03.18.22: possible jumper, 4:00pm
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03.18.22, Olivia O., Palmetto, florida, Saw a blue car Running at the top of the bridge with nobody inside of the vehicle. Traffic on the other side of the bridge was backing up. This was Going south is where i saw vehicle at approx 4:00 pm on Friday

any more info is welcome.
03.04.22: possible jumper
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03.04.22, Kim, Clearwater, Fl., Possible jumper-- now, Pinellas county active 911 calls show water rescue at bridge at 9:30 pm and still listed as current call

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02.19.22: jump survivor, 9:00am, male, no crisis phones
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02.21.22, Ben N., Bradenton, Florida, (02.19.22, 9:00am, male, no crisis phones), Drove over the bridge 2 days ago and saw a car on the side with a man holding the fence while looking over the concrete barrier, not sure if they jumped or not

02.21.22, anon, (02.19.22, 9:00am), I saw an unusual amount of Coast Guard activity near the bridge on the 19th while fishing. Could be related to the new possible

02.21.22, Daniel, St. Pete, (02.19.22, 9:00am), I had a nurse friend telling me of a person who came from the Skyway with major injuries on saturday in the morning, I'll ask them what happened when they get off work later: Friend said the man was indeed a jumper recovered by uscg in critical

02.21.22, Jake A., St Pete, (02.19.22, 9:00am, male, hit water, lived, recovered), I asked my friend in uscg and he told me that there was a jumper Saturday morning from a lower portion of the bridge that was unconscious when they pulled him out of the water

02.22.22, JT, (02.19.22, 9:05am, male, hit water, lived, body found), The jumper is my friend, they said that he was driving with a friend when they stopped just past the north tower going northbound, and climed the fence and fell into the water and was picked up by Coast guard around 5 minutes afterwards

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01.30.22: jumper, 9:05p, male, died, body found next day
Melvin 'Dean' Paul Jr., 75
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01.30.22, ESP, St. Pete, (9:05pm), St. Pete FD, PD, USCG, FFWC, HCSO & ECSR personnel searching under the main span per Pinellas 911, marine and fire radios (acronyms)

01.30.22, Christina P., facebook, Florida Police Scanner, Several boats searching, Nothing yet. Male subject climbed the fence and jumped from the hump

01.30.22, Florida Police Scanner, facebook, MALE SUBJECT CLIMBED THE FENCE AND JUMPED FROM THE HUMP OF THE BRIDGE, #FHP is on scene of the Skyway Bridge where a male subject exited their vehicle, climbed the security fence and jumped from the bridge into the Tampa Bay. #HCSO Deputies and the #USCG are responding to assist in searching for the subject. Use caution in the area while they investigate this incident. No further information is available at this time. #FloridaPoliceScanner

01.30.22, anon, I think there’s a jumper northbound right now!

01.31.22, anon, Body located about 11am today, Older male

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01.30.22, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, Service Date: 01/30/2022 @ 21:02, Time Cleared: 1:05 4h03m, report #2274268

01.31.22, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - RECOVERED, Service Date: 01/31/2022 @ 10:54, Time Cleared: 18:22 7h16m, report #2275693
01.30.22, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Police and fire rescue activity in Pinellas County on I-275 Northbound at MM 11. Right shoulder blocked.
 Melvin 'Dean' Paul Jr.   Melvin 'Dean' Paul Jr.

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02.01.22, Sean B., And now….there will inevitably be some dickhead detractor that will say “I told you so.” So I say in advance: please do not embarrass yourself to open your mouth….The barrier works, and will continue to work. Unfortunately, there was an individual who was determined enough to overcome it.
01.24.22: jumper save, 6:00p, male, climbed barrier fence, taken away
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01.24.22, Nicole, St Petersburg, (6:00pm, male), I was driving north across the skyway and there was a man straddling the top of the suicide barrier on the south side. There was one police vehicle with lights as I passed but 8-10 were heading south as I continued on (sheriffs and St Pete police). I can’t find any information about the possible jumper.

01.25.22, anon, Multiple people shared same story. Eventually there was a call at the Skyway for a suicide call which kind of confirmed it. Most likely took in to custody and called fd to evaluate.

01.25.22, anon, I have a friend who’s husband is a police officer and he found out for me that the man was talked down and Baker acted.


any more info is welcome.
facebook article posts,
01.25.22, Barbara H., I heard the familiar fast sounding siren then looked outside at the dismal cold rain and thought to myself ... no way someone would get out in this weather to jump off the bridge but apparently I was wrong.

02.01.22, Mandy W., I wonder if this is the same guy who actually made the jump just a few days later… 🤔
were we contacted by the saved man?
01.28.22, CL, St pete, fl, (01.24.22, 6:00p, male, no crisis phones, climbed fence, didn't jump, taken away), It was me, good cop. Thank you. The fence is flimsy and hard to climb but if your fit and want it bad enough, no problem. Thanks to a understanding police officer, I came down. Inner thighs bruised and the fence was swaying about 3 feet left to right on the top while I straddled it. Sorry to my friends and family and the traffic jam I caused. Thanks again to the state trooper. Will reach out to him, once i feel im safe. (thanks for reaching out, if indeed you are the one. hope you now have a better understanding about your life and what you hope to do with it. good luck and be well.)
02.17.22, CK, St pete, regarding: If I can help. message: I'm the gout from 1-24-22 that came down no jump. I have videos and a story if I can help I will work with you guys anyway I can727430xxxx. I straddled the fence other heavy winds and I was full of vodka, vey lucky I didn't fall, heat cops to that could have easily gave me a dui. Anyway, I'm here to help I wrote you before, I'm a m the guy no BS (feel free to tell your story. it could help others that may feel the way you felt that day. we'd be curious in how the authorities dealt with you under the circumstances, as well as the baker act process. what did you have to go through, having perched on the fence like that? we are glad you did not jump and have the opportunity to continue working on your life.)

facebook article posts,
01.28.22, M. L., Your comment makes me cry. My ex committed suicide in June. He was the glue to my family. Now it's just me taking care of each and every situation, including a new baby. Do you know how hard it is to explain to a grandchild who's papa walked out at lunch and said, "I love you" and never returned. Said grandchild thought he was coming home for dinner. Grandchild will never be the same again. Life is full of, "What if's" for us now. I cry every day because of what I imagine his thoughts were. Yes he reached out to us and yes we tried to help him. He wouldn't let us. My life doesn't make sense anymore and I feel like it's hell. Please think about your family and what the lasting effects will be on them. Please let them help you.

02.01.22, Debbie Korell, I’m 12 years into surviving my husbands suicide. I’m reaching out to all of you who need somewhere safe you can talk. Pm me. We will talk. I’m not a professional. Just a safe space. Hugs. Ps: you nasty trolls: I will report and block you. Hugs.
   the barrier has been completed and the jump record for 2021 and well into 2022, proves that the barrier has a positive result. we will update as things come along. new additions will be listed here.

   if you are having trouble dealing with life and everything that comes with it, make the effort to find and use the help that is available to you. life is indeed worth living.

   remember, you are responsible for your own well being. love who you are and who you can be. always maintain an effort to improve upon yourself and allow no one to affect that. rid yourself of those that hold you back, no matter who they are. be they stranger, friend, or even family, lose the destructive forces tearing you down. end your addictions, be they drugs, alcohol, love, social media, and/or whatever consumes you to a negative degree. better yourself. associate with those that care about you. become stronger and healthier in body and mind. by all means, talk to people that can help you.

   do keep an eye on your friends and family members that may be despondent and depressed. check in on those that need checking in on. a few kind words and a helping hand, may be all it takes to send them down a better path. be well, everyone.
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