YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Authorities said that a man and woman who died shortly after being pulled from the Hudson River early this afternoon apparently jumped into the water together from the George Washington Bridge.
The couple were plucked from the river by New York City police and fire responders about 1,000 yards south of the bridge around 12:10 p.m.
A half-hour earlier, workers working mid-span on the bridge reported seeing “something out of their peripheral vision go by them from above to below,” said Joseph Pentangelo of the Port Authority Police Deparatment. “The workers then saw the two in the water.
“No one actually saw them jump.”
CPR was administered after the bodies were brought to the 125th Street pier and both were rushed to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The man and woman — described as white, between 35-45 years old — were both pronounced dead soon after, he said.
“They had no ID. No car was found on the bridge. No note was left,” he said, adding that authorities were continuing to investigate.
GWB a ‘suicide magnet’?
Despite the force of the impact, 20 or so people have been said to have survived the GWB’s 212-foot drop.
A 28-year-old a former Naval Academy water-polo player was the last one, in 2009. Several years ago, a woman was plucked from the water alive but suffering from serious lifelong injuries. The same for a man who lived to tell about his leap in 1968.
Then there was a Bergen County who in the 1940s bet a friend that he could survive. He swam to shore, collected his money — then died of his injuries a few days later.
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