Late Sunday afternoon, a man was found by the NYPD Harbor Unit in the waters below the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Except, unlike the recent and tragic stories of those who jumped the 228 feet, this man was found alive.
“He was in critical condition but alive,” U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe said to the Staten Island Advance.
The man was seen getting out of his car on and then jumping from the Upper Level section of the bridge. NYPD searched the waters for him, and pulled him out alive. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital for care.
According to the Advance, there were eight suicide attempts since last December. Three of those were stopped.
The alarming numbers has caused the MTA to install signage which reads “Life is worth living,” along with suicide prevention telephones that connect to a suicide prevention service.