Woman hospitalized after jumping from Bath bridge

Posted Sept. 07, 2011, at 1:42 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 07, 2011, at 3:24 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after she jumped from the Sagadhoc Bridge into the Kennebec River, Bath police said Wednesday.

The 33-year-old woman, whom police would not identify, survived the 75-foot leap from the Route 1 bridge into the water and was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick with undisclosed injuries.

“It’s quite a fall. She’s very lucky,” Bath police Lt. Stan Cielinski told the Bangor Daily News.

Cilenski said security officers from Bath Iron Works witnessed the woman’s jump from the bridge, which spans Woolwich and Bath, and pulled her out of the water.

The woman was conscious when rescuers reached her, and BIW security pulled her to safety rather quickly, according to Cilenski.

“We have a good working relationship with Bath Iron Works and Bath Iron Works Security,” Cilenski said. “Having them in the water 24-7, they’re a great resource to use when we get an emergency like that.”

The Bath Police Department does have a patrol boat in the river, but BIW’s security officers man the waters throughout the day and night, Cilenski said.

The officer added that a passer-by reported to authorities that the woman was standing on the bridge’s guardrail just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, and Bath police officers, along with the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office and Bath Fire Department, went to the scene.

By the time police arrived, the woman had jumped into the water.

This isn’t the first time the busy bridge has had such an incident. A 14-year-old boy jumped to his death in March 2010, and three other people have jumped from the bridge since then, two of whom died.

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