First responders perform water rescue after someone jumps from the Bayonne Bridge


First responders performed a water rescue in the Kill Van Kull after someone jumped off the Bayonne Bridge this afternoon, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Bartos said.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

First responders were dispatched to the Bayonne Bridge at approximately 1:59 p.m. on a report of a jumper, Bartos said in a statement.

Arriving units found a tug boat in the Kill Van Kull, just east of the bridge, pulling someone aboard their vessel. Bayonne Fire Boat Marine 1 then pulled up aside the tug and transferred the person to their boat.

At this time, firefighters provided medical care on the individual as they headed towards the boat launch at 16th Street Park, where they were met by EMS.

The incident drew a large response from multiple agencies including the Bayonne Police Police and Fire Departments, the city’s office of emergency management, McCabe EMS, theĀ  NYPD, NYPD Aviation, FDNY, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Furthermore, the Port Authority Police Department will be conducting the investigation, Bartos added.

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