BREWER – Bangor and Brewer officials swarmed the Veterans Memorial Bridge after a man jumps into the frigid Penobscot River.
“I can’t say enough about our crews, the cooperation that we had to day,” said Chief Tom Higgins of the Bangor Fire Department.
Rescuers from Bangor and Brewer fought the clock to rescue him.
“This was a very difficult and dangerous rescue,” said Jason Moffitt, Director of Brewer Public Safety, “These guys did a tremendous job. They responded very very quickly.”
Hypothermia kicks in around 15 minutes, this man was in the water for 30. Not only was time of the essence, but fire fighters fought weather conditions and strong currents.
“I think there was a ledge that was just under the water out at the pier,” said Higgins, “That allowed him to stand on it and keep him in place.”
This gave a Bangor Firefighter the opportunity to swim to the man wearing a cold water rescue suit and providing him with a life vest. This cooperative effort lasted for about 30 minutes and the man was placed on an inflatable boat and brought to shore.
“I’m proud of our people today, how they were able to bring a person out of the river alive with the current temperatures and swift the current there is, said Higgins.”
The name of the man and the reason he jumped off the bridge is still unknown.