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Ravenel Bridge Jumper Snarls Traffic

An unidentified person is threatening to jump from the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge in Charleston, S.C. – a developing situation which is snarling traffic for motorists on their Monday morning commute into the Holy City. Police were called to the bridge at approximately 7:15 a.m., and according to WCSC TV…

An unidentified person is threatening to jump from the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge in Charleston, S.C. – a developing situation which is snarling traffic for motorists on their Monday morning commute into the Holy City.

Police were called to the bridge at approximately 7:15 a.m., and according to WCSC TV 5 (CBS – Charleston, S.C.) remained there an hour later attempting to resolve the situation. As a result traffic approaching the bridge’s southbound lanes (heading into Charleston from Mount Pleasant, S.C.) was at a virtual standstill.

Here’s a view of the scene from a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) traffic camera.

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At least ten people have plunged to their death from the Ravenel bridge since it opened in 2005. Jumpers who are able to scale the fence and cast off from the iconic structure fall 200 feet, hitting the water below them at an estimated 40 feet per second.

The Ravenel bridge has no emergency phones, nor is it manned by emergency response personnel. There are no safety nets beyond the six-foot fences, either, as these would cause a drag on the structure on windy days.

Developing …

UPDATE: As of 10:00 a.m., police are still attending to this situation.

UPDATE II: As of 11:45 a.m., police are still attending to this situation. In fact all four southbound lanes on the Ravenel Bridge are now shut down.

UPDATE III: As of 12:30 p.m., the would-be jumper has been taken into police custody and all four southbound lanes on the Ravenel Bridge are open.

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52 comments

Frank Pytel June 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

Though it is likely one of the few conservatives remaining in that region, one can always pray!!

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Frank Pytel June 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

Though it is likely one of the few conservatives remaining in that region, one can always pray!!

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Smirks June 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

Jumpers who are able to scale the fence

Maybe they need to put up an electric fence, then?

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? June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

I say make it easier, put a door in for the and maybe a plank hanging off the edge.

That way traffic isn’t disturbed.

Even better, put a big net in under the water so we don’t have to expend any resources in finding their bodies.

With enough advance planning we can make it easier on everyone and prevent the traffic tie ups.

I always laugh when I hear gov’t in places makes suicide “illegal”.

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Frank Pytel June 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

“9.8”

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? June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

lol…is that my comment rating or your hope that the potential users of the plank can do the “Triply Lindy” on their way to the next life?

Plan on grabbing a popcorn bag, lawn chair, and placards with numerals on them so they can see their score on the way down?

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Frank Pytel June 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

Absolutely. Could be the next big Olympic event. Right up there with bowling :)

Finius Nullis June 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

Personally, I like watching Curling at the Winter Olympics with those sexy-hot girls!

Smirks June 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

What holds up traffic isn’t the actual jump though, it’s the 3-hour negotiation that does.

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Smirks June 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

Jumpers who are able to scale the fence

Maybe they need to put up an electric fence, then?

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? June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

I say make it easier, put a door in for the and maybe a plank hanging off the edge.

That way traffic isn’t disturbed.

Even better, put a big net in under the water so we don’t have to expend any resources in finding their bodies.

With enough advance planning we can make it easier on everyone and prevent the traffic tie ups.

I always laugh when I hear gov’t in places makes suicide “illegal”.

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Frank Pytel June 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

“9.8”

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? June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

lol…is that my comment rating or your hope that the potential users of the plank can do the “Triply Lindy” on their way to the next life?

Plan on grabbing a popcorn bag, lawn chair, and placards with numerals on them so they can see their score on the way down?

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Frank Pytel June 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

Absolutely. Could be the next big Olympic event. Right up there with bowling :)

Finius Nullis June 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

Personally, I like watching Curling at the Winter Olympics with those sexy-hot girls!

Smirks June 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

What holds up traffic isn’t the actual jump though, it’s the 3-hour negotiation that does.

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Darth June 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

John Graham Altman suggested a drawbridge, much lower and much less expensive than the growing past $625M with inflation Cousin Arthur…

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CNSYD June 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

You mean drawbridges that have machinery that breaks down and drawbridges that must be manned? Also they must open for every sailboat, etc. that shows up. Good thinking.

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Pickled Corn June 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

The best drawbridge is one you draw and never build

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dwb619 June 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I really like the little bridge that crosses over to Sunset Beach, North Carolina.Low,rickety, and sensual, in a salt water kind of way.

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Darth June 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

Woodrow Wilson Bridge, a drawbridge, on I-95 works well enough for DC

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cuvinny June 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

hahahaha, that would of worked well

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Darth June 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

John Graham Altman suggested a drawbridge, much lower and much less expensive than the growing past $625M with inflation Cousin Arthur…

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CNSYD June 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

You mean drawbridges that have machinery that breaks down and drawbridges that must be manned? Also they must open for every sailboat, etc. that shows up. Good thinking.

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Pickled Corn June 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

The best drawbridge is one you draw and never build

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dwb619 June 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I really like the little bridge that crosses over to Sunset Beach, North Carolina.Low,rickety, and sensual, in a salt water kind of way.

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Darth June 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

Woodrow Wilson Bridge, a drawbridge, on I-95 works well enough for DC

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cuvinny June 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

hahahaha, that would of worked well

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Drop in the bucket June 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

I hope it is that asshole loser lawyer try-to-be B-I-L of mine that can’t get off the snow and keeps harassing my sister. God knows he has worked for every firm from there to Savannah. Karhma motherfucker, it’s coming at you like the train wreck you deserve. Jump! Before your liver explodes.

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Marie Harrison June 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

Name. please.

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CNSYD June 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

It is a fill in the blank statement.

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Conductor June 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

do people ever fall for that? It is a common description though isn’t it.

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Drop in the bucket June 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

I hope it is that asshole loser lawyer try-to-be B-I-L of mine that can’t get off the snow and keeps harassing my sister. God knows he has worked for every firm from there to Savannah. Karhma motherfucker, it’s coming at you like the train wreck you deserve. Jump! Before your liver explodes.

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Marie Harrison June 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

Name. please.

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CNSYD June 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

It is a fill in the blank statement.

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Conductor June 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

do people ever fall for that? It is a common description though isn’t it.

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Squishy123 June 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

Leave the person alone, he’s not going to jump. If he was serious he wouldn’t be standing there feeling sorry for himself. He’s there for the attention. If he wants to jump, let the SOB jump and quit screwing up other people day.

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Squishy123 June 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

Leave the person alone, he’s not going to jump. If he was serious he wouldn’t be standing there feeling sorry for himself. He’s there for the attention. If he wants to jump, let the SOB jump and quit screwing up other people day.

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Jay Ellington June 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Remember emo kids it’s down street, not across the street.

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli June 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Remember emo kids it’s down street, not across the street.

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Elcid June 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Don’t need to jump. With the corrosion problems on that bridge, it will just fall down with them.

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Elcid June 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Don’t need to jump. With the corrosion problems on that bridge, it will just fall down with them.

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major major June 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Nice choice of tuneage. Although I might have gone with a certain Van Halen song from the 80’s.

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major major June 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Nice choice of tuneage. Although I might have gone with a certain Van Halen song from the 80’s.

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ThreePalms June 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

If you are going to jump, for everyone’s sake, please be considerate. Park at base in Mt. Pleasant and walk up the pedistrian walk. That way, you will not alienate the entire city before you end it all and can, perhaps, elicit the compassion and sympathy you so stronly desire.

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ThreePalms June 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

If you are going to jump, for everyone’s sake, please be considerate. Park at the base in Mt. Pleasant and walk up the pedistrian walk. That way, you will not alienate the entire city before you end it all and can, perhaps, elicit the compassion and sympathy you so stronly desire.

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? June 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

It ended up that pizza brought him back from the brink:

https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/06/24/ravenel-bridge-jumper-snarls-traffic/#disqus_thread

Seriously, if that’s all it took he wasn’t serious to begin with.

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? June 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

It ended up that pizza brought him back from the brink:

https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/06/24/ravenel-bridge-jumper-snarls-traffic/#disqus_thread

Seriously, if that’s all it took he wasn’t serious to begin with.

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AvoidIdiocracy June 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Keep traffic moving. Boston does not “shut down the bridge/road” when there is a problem. NYC does not. Charleston PD is making this town angry and this reader, for one, would love to see our fine departments move to the level of prioritizing the many people missing appointments, missing family events, unable to get themselves to doctors, and generally being locked in a non-mobile car on a bridge in 90 degree sun for hours, than the one situation which could easily be contained in one lane. Please, stop closing our bridges. Respect the situation within reason, but by all means respect the city’s need for normal operation.

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AvoidIdiocracy June 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Keep traffic moving. Boston does not “shut down the bridge/road” when there is a problem. NYC does not. Charleston PD is making this town angry and this reader, for one, would love to see our fine departments move to the level of prioritizing the many people missing appointments, missing family events, unable to get themselves to doctors, and generally being locked in a non-mobile car on a bridge in 90 degree sun for hours, than the one situation which could easily be contained in one lane. Please, stop closing our bridges. Respect the situation within reason, but by all means respect the city’s need for normal operation.

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Mguzman June 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

If this person was going to jump he would have…..got the attention he was after!!!!!

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Mguzman June 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

If this person was going to jump he would have…..got the attention he was after!!!!!

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