CT MAN DIES AFTER CONWAY BRIDGE JUMP

by Christian Mower on July 15, 2013

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE MARINE PATROL HAS IDENTIFIED THE 30-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO DROWNED SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFTER JUMPING OFF A BRIDGE INTO THE SACO RIVER IN NORTH CONWAY AS EDWARD FOSTER OF GALES FERRY, CONN.

SGT. DAVE OUELLETTE SAYS A 911 CALL CAME IN SHORTLY BEFORE 2 P.M. REPORTING THAT FOSTER AND TWO OTHER PEOPLE HAD JUMPED OFF A RAILROAD BRIDGE ABOUT 30 FEET ABOVE THE RIVER AND FOSTER HAD FAILED TO SURFACE.

CONWAY POLICE, NORTH CONWAY FIRE AND RESCUE AND NORTH CONWAY AMBULANCE RESPONDED FIRST – CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED TO ASSIST AS WELL.

NORTH CONWAY FIRE CHIEF PAT PREECE SAYS THE BRIDGE – JUST DOWNSTREAM FROM THE NORTH CONWAY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – WAS DIFFICULT TO ACCESS. HE SAYS THE RIVER WAS RUNNING FAST, ABOVE ITS NORMAL LEVEL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR AND THE THREE HAD JUMPED INTO WATER THAT WAS ABOUT EIGHT FEET DEEP.

PREECE SAYS BYSTANDERS SWAM AROUND TRYING TO FIND FOSTER AND LOCATED HIM ABOUT 600 FEET DOWNSTREAM FROM THE BRIDGE 15 MINUTES AFTER HE JUMPED IN.

CONWAY POLICE OFFICER DOMINIC TORCH IMMEDIATELY BEGAN PERFORMING CPR ON FOSTER AND HE WAS TAKEN BY CONWAY AMBULANCE FROM SACO RIVER CAMPGROUND TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY, BUT HE COULD NOT BE REVIVED AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED.

PREECE SAYS HE DOESN’T THINK PEOPLE NORMALLY JUMP OFF THE BRIDGE.

THE MARINE PATROL HAS NOT RELEASED ANY FURTHER DETAILS, INCLUDING THE IDENTITIES OF THE TWO OTHER JUMPERS – OR WHETHER POTENTIAL CHARGES MAY BE FILED IN CONNECTION WITH THE INCIDENT.

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