Bridge jumper rescued after eight hours in water

A man was rescued Thursday morning after nearly 8 hours stranded in the Caloosahatchee River, telling first responder...

Posted: Feb 8, 2018 7:06 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2018 7:06 PM

A man was rescued Thursday morning after nearly 8 hours stranded in the Caloosahatchee River, telling first responders he jumped from the Cape Coral Bridge.

According to a Cape Coral Fire Lieutenant at the scene, the unidentified man told first responders he had been in the water since 8:30 Wednesday night.

Fire officials with the Iona McGregor Fire Department located the man shortly after 4:00 a.m. Thursday. The man reportedly held on to a buoy overnight to stay afloat.

The Cape Coral Fire Department assisted with the search which began before 3:00 a.m. after a witness reported hearing a man screaming from the water.

According to first responders the man was instable condition, but had a mild case of hypothermia.

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