Update: Man, Woman Jump Naked From Tappan Zee Bridge; One Dead

Female dies, male taken to Nyack Hospital in critical condition.

Two nude individuals—a man and woman—jumped from the Tappan Zee Bridge and into the Hudson River this morning just before 9:15 a.m.

The woman, who police said was in her late 20s, perished after the jump and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man, who is in his 40s, lived. He has been transported to and is reportedly in critical condition.

State Police said the two were together and arrived on the bridge in the same car. Police also said both were naked when they jumped from the roof of a Chevy Tahoe.

The jump occurred in the south-bound lanes of the bridge, closer to the Westchester side of the span. The incident was first reported by contractors working on the bridge for the State of New York.

The contractor, Tutor Perini, had a boat in the water which picked up both individuals and shuttled them to the Rockland side of the water in Nyack. 

Emergency rescuers from Tarrytown, Nyack and Piermont responded, along with County and State Police units.

The names of both individuals involved are being withheld pending notification of relatives.

This is the third incident this year involving jumpers from the bridge. The state has tried to prevent people from making attempts by installing distress phones, along the span, at a cost of more than $5 million.

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ailton lima July 12, 2011 at 08:58 PM
corrections need manufacture (sorry)
John Gromada July 12, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Maybe "encouraging" would be a better word to use than the awkward "incentivizing" - or "providing incentives"
stefano July 13, 2011 at 12:43 AM
When is the state DOT going to put up a fence the length of the bridge to stop this?
Leilani Godwin July 13, 2011 at 01:21 AM
In this drastic incidence, the economy and financial reasons don't seem to make sense, when a couple actually took the time to jump "NAKED!", just plain Selfish, inconsiderate and BIZARRE!!!
James F. Leiner July 13, 2011 at 01:48 AM
I've been around the TZ Bridge since it opened in December 1955. I spend most of the past 25 years serving as a River Rescue Pilot on Nyack Fire Patrol's rescue boat. Unfortunately, I've had the horrible experience, as have many other volunteers, of pulling dozens of bodies from the river. Very few jumpers live. I can not remember ever having naked jumpers. There has to be a great deal more to their story. A woman in her 20's and the guy in his 40's? Perhaps since he did survive we might find some of the answers. And my friends, I find it a shame to think when someone is despondent enough to end their life that others frind that an inconvenience. I pray for the man's recovery and for rest and peace for the young lady.
jzzy55 July 13, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Please be kind. Our neighbor jumped from the TZ bridge (and died) several years ago. She was severely depressed. The economy and politics had nothing to do with it.
Meredith Lesly July 13, 2011 at 02:28 AM
I can't believe that people would have the insensitivity to call what appear to be two people in deep despair selfish.
Robert Solari July 13, 2011 at 02:48 AM
I wonder if drugs had anything to do with them jumping? I would find it easier to commit suicide if you were on drugs. Kevin why did you delete my comment?
Scott Madison July 13, 2011 at 02:53 AM
I would think drugs and/or alcohol were probably involved.....
Willie Lester July 13, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Let me try and put this as nice as I can. Feel free to delete this if you want. I feel very sorry for the famlies of these two. They are the ones who will have to live the rest of their lives wondering why. For the two jumpers, I'm sorry to say, I don't feel much of anything. My reason being. I have seen to many people I know, young and old die of Illness. I have seen children not yet reach their teens die of cancer. I have had friends in the prime of their life die of cancer. I have seen friends killed by drunk drivers. All of them wanted to live. These two, for whatever reason decided to throw away one of the most precious gifts of all. Life. I will tell you about a friend of mine. He was forty six years old. Two kids ages 11 and 9. He was fighting a long illness which was comming to an end. There was an article he read in the paper about someone who jumped off the tapan zee bridge He told me he would trade all the problems this guy may of had for his illness any day of the week. . . He said, the jumper threw away what he was fighting for. life. He died a month later. His kids will never know him. Draw your own conclusions.
Greg Tart July 13, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Is dual suicide unusual?
Syd Smith July 13, 2011 at 09:13 AM
Spot on James!
Linda T July 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM
While it is very sad, and true that there appears to be deep despair, suicide is one of the most selfish acts there is. Ask any loved one of a suicide victim.
Barbara July 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Suicide is usually a desperate act caused by intense emotional pain and a feeling that there is no escape from that painful emotional state. Usually if a suicide attempt is thwarted, with competent professional help, the individual often changes his/her outlook and goes on to live a productive life. All this to say that suicide prevention is worth the cost.
Scott Madison July 13, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Having hotlines for people to call to talk through their problems are great and I agree, worth the cost. However, any more than that is a waste. $4.5 Million for a tall fence that now surrounds the bridge and call boxes up and down each side that have been NEVER used. Face it, if people are determined to kill themselves they will find a way. Fences, nets and phones are not going to stop them. See the article about these jumps: http://www.lohud.com/article/20110712/NEWS03/107120359/Couple-jump-naked-from-TZ-Bridge-woman-killed-man-critical?odyssey=nav|head "Not long after the two leapt from the Tappan Zee Bridge, a man jumped to his death from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in Beacon, N.Y., state police said. Choice is the third person this year to die after jumping from the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least four people plunged from the span and died in 2010. The year before that, there were at least 10 suicides or attempted suicides from the bridge. In 2009, the New York State Thruway Authority spent $4.5 million to install barriers to try to prevent people from jumping off the bridge. In addition, eight suicide prevention hotline telephones were installed on the span. Those telephones have never been used by a person considering suicide, said R.W. Groneman, a spokesman for the New York State Thruway Authority. The phones are checked monthly by Thruway staff to make sure they work, he said."
ASleepyBoy July 13, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Nicely put Willie!
JohnJ22 July 13, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I agree with Scott..............While this incident, as are all suicides, is a tragic event, especially for those left behind, I am confused with this country's priorities......We spend a fortune fighting for women's rights to abort (kill) an unborn child, and we spend a fortune trying to prevent a person's right to end their own life if they so choose. If a person can decide for their unborn child, why can't the decide for themselves?????
Scott Madison July 13, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Excellent point
Barbara July 13, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Because when they are in such a despondant emotional state, they are incapable of knowing that they may feel better in the future. Everything looks bleak and it appears as if there is "no way out". I have worked with many folks in this stiuation who have gone on to totally turn their lives around. At the time of severe depression, the individual is incapable of seeing a better future.
Karen Chapman July 13, 2011 at 01:41 PM
My young husband who was a new father died from cancer. He fought for his life. However, after his death I found a handgun in his closet, brand new, and I think he got it JUST IN CASE he felt like he couldn't go on. However, he didn't use it, and I can attest that things got horrible for him towards the end and he was capable of using it. It was eery, after his death, to find that, and know what he must have been thinking, yet knowing how hard he fought to the bitter end. So, I had a glimpse of just one reason someone does this. I feel for each and every jumper because none of us know what lays in their heart or mind, or what illness, either mental or physical can drive them to do this. Having said all that, I have to wonder how unusual this situation is, a couple, twenty years apart in age, jumping together. The nude part doesn't leave me too many questions: maybe they thought it would make the whole thing go smoother in some way (hitting the water, easier to fish the bodies out, whatever). I just wish everyone would try to be compassionate about each situation and not be judgmental.
Meredith Lesly July 13, 2011 at 03:08 PM
What's going on in this country is causing a lot of stress, depression, anger, and hopelessness in many people. I see it in a lot of my friends. So maybe it was a factor, but we'll probably never know why they did it. All we can know is that they must have been in so much emotional pain that they couldn't bear it any more. Karen, you're very right to talk about compassion. Not just for these two people or even for their friends and family who are now living with the aftermath, but for people who are in trouble, people who need help, people who are struggling. People, period. I find the lack of it in public discourse troubling and not worthy of our country.
Tamera Schreur July 14, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Suicides leave us with a lot of questions. Hopefully it also points us toward doing what we can to prevent suicide. Some of you might be interested in reading this article written in April after someone else jumped from the bridge. http://scarsdale.patch.com/articles/e-motion-the-power-of-caring
EJ July 14, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Talk about selfish....here you are complaining about the ugly fence, not being able to see the skyline and sitting in traffic and there are people who are hurting so much so, they find no other choice but to end their lives. You obviously have had little experience with a someone close to you with depression or you would see the illness in a different light and realize that there really is no "cure" and effective treatment is easier said than done. By the way,there are many sane people who walk among us with depression.
Scott Madison July 14, 2011 at 05:47 PM
@ EJ - $4.5 Million on a fence and phones (never used since being installed by the way) just on the Tappan Zee, thousands lost in lost time and wages of other drivers, thousands lost on emergency services, etc.... Yes, I have dealt with many depressed people, but you obviously miss my point. Barriers put up to prevent determined people do what they want to do is a waste of time, money and resources. Hotlines and providing avenues for these people to get treatment is money well spent...barriers do not work. And yes, when i see the Golden Gate bridge with huge nets on it now to prevent suicides and a huge fence on the Tappan Zee (which has not stopped anyone from jumping) I find it a waste of money and a loss to everyone else. Oh yeah, the Golden Gate Bridge net, that's going to cost $40-$50 million..... It is sad that people reach that point in life where they want to kill themselves to escape the realities of life....the truly sad story is the mess these people live behind (emotional/financial) for their loved ones to clean up and deal with after they are gone.
ajetreo July 14, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Any structure like our bridge will attract jumpers. There are bridges all over the world like that from which people jump. It is sad, it is traumatic for the rescuers, and it is a completely irrational act, so it is pointless to muse about why they did it. They just did, and we should try to be as kind as possible in our comments. There are a lot of lost souls in the world.
Dorine Watkins July 15, 2011 at 06:15 PM
For all you fools worried about how much money it cost to recover their bodies or traffic situations, be real careful judging someone else's struggles because before you know it we could all be without. I bet those individuals were struggling with jobs , money, a place to live, desperation is ugly and evil and if you've never felt it you should get off your horse and thank you lucky stars. Maybe someone they love was dying and couldn't get the help needed. That happens to many people without secondary insurance or even those with none. Suffer in silence but don't interfere with Willies traffic report! Very very sad what society has created. All of you should be ashamed.
Scott Madison July 15, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Nothing better than someone who says "be real careful judging someone else's struggles because before you know" then the very next sentence starts with "I bet" followed up with a statement starting with "Maybe".. Nice fact checking..... Dorine - Nobody does not feel empathy for these troubled individuals. Certain people's points, if you read them completely, concerns the poor families of those who decide to take the easy way out of life and kill themselves and the emotional, financial, and quality of life impact on those who continue to live life. Millions of dollars spent on nets and callboxes will not stop people who are determined to end their life... Ultimately, it is sad someone was driven to this point, but my sadness goes out to the loved ones, families and friends who will be forced to deal with the loss, pain, guilt and confusion of such a sad and drastic act.
ASleepyBoy July 15, 2011 at 06:45 PM
The fact of the matter is that regardless of how tragic it is when someone chooses to end their life, people who jump off a bridge are still choosing to do so in a manner which causes pain, sorrow and inconvenience to many as well as costing tax payers a lot of money. Anyone choosing this method is choosing to make a statement while affecting countless more people than if they had used a different and more private method.
Elizabeth R Baecher July 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Apparently the phones, while well intentioned, don't necessarily prevent tragedies of this nature. While there is no set way to prevent them, stopping the easy availability of certain pills frequently marketed on TV might go a long way towards alleviating the problem.
Wendy August 10, 2011 at 04:00 AM
Was there ever more follow-up on this story or how the survivor is doing?


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