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Minnesota woman, 22, jumps from GWB after flying to NYC

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

CVP EXCLUSIVE: A 22-year-old honor student who was about to be graduated from the University of Minnesota flew to New York City hours before she jumped to her death from the George Washington Bridge this afternoon.

Paramedics using a defibrillator restored a pulse after an NYPD Harbor Unit pulled the Asian woman from the Hudson River near the West 79th Street boat basin, five miles or so from the bridge, the Port Authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

She was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Authorities told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that the woman flew to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago this morning and then to New York City, arriving at LaGuardia Airport around 1 p.m.

Just before 4 p.m., a passerby alerted Port Authority police officers that a woman had left a jacket and a purse on the south walkway. In the bag were valuables and personal items.

A U.S. Coast Guard member spotted the body in the water about 45 minutes later.

Nj.com identified the woman and said that she apparently had recently been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a friend.

It was the 7th GWB suicide this year (one every 17.7 days).

Eighteen people jumped to their deaths from the span last year (one every 20 days). There were also 74 “interventions” last year in which Port Authority police talked someone down or away from the ledge.

WED., MAY 6: The NYPD Harbor Unit retrieved the body of the 8th suicide of this year from the George Washington Bridge this morning. READ MORE….

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A PUBLISHER WRITES: The Port Authority’s plans for a nine-foot, $50 million barrier to deter would-be jumpers from the George Washington Bridge is beyond welcomed. READ MORE….

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