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Dangerous Waters Impede Search for TZ Jumper

Individual parks on north-bound side of bridge, leaps off; conditions too choppy for further rescue efforts; search turns into recovery

The search for a man who leaped off the Tappan Zee Bridge Wednesday afternoon at about 2:53 p.m. has been called off until Thursday morning due to dangerous water and high winds, rescue officials said.

The man—Scott Uzzo, a 24-year-old from Hawthorne—parked his sedan on the north-bound portion of the bridge, east of the span's superstructure, and jumped off, state police in Tarrytown said.

Rescue authorities launched at least four boats from the Rockland and Westchester sides of the bridge to recover the jumper around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, but by 4 p.m. they called the search off. 

Tarrytown Fire Chief John McGee terminated the rescue search from his side as Rockland teams were doing the same from the other side of the choppy Hudson. He said there were multiple witnesses of the jumper from 400 feet east of the center span, tower 193. "We turn it over to the state troopers now," McGee said.

"It's very rough out there," said Tarrytown Second Assistant Fire Chief Domenic Morobito, Jr. as he got off one of the rescue boats at the Tarrytown launch. "We were getting pounded around. There's lots of units out there. We scoured up and down, both sides, in and out. Water was coming up on the boat." 

J.P. Natkin, Westchester Deputy Fire Coordinator, said, "At this point, it's not a rescue, it's a recovery. It doesn't make sense to jeopardize any more people. You'd get hypothermia fast out there. And the tide is out." 

The bridge last saw action on Nov. 13, when an armed and suicidal man . He was brought to safety.

One week prior, a Rockland man on a homemade harness to protest local government. The man, Michael Davitt, was brought down after four hours and released on $500 bail. Watch an interview with him .

Andrea Galgano Magda December 30, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Such a tragedy... A young life ended, much too soon. My sincere condolences to immediate family & friends.
Teri December 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM
I have seen such horrible things said about Scott on other sites. God will be their judge for each unkind utterance. This is a tremendous loss and my heart is shattered for the Uzzo's. This is a close family. A son and a brother will never come home and the joyous time of Christmas will be forever changed. I hope they find the closure and the courage they will need to begin to heal. God bless them.
livinginthemoment December 31, 2011 at 02:38 PM
We can never know the mind of another human being. We should never judge another human being. All we really can do is realize that this could be one of us or someone close to us. May he be at peace. May his family be at peace eventually.

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