Bridge jumper reports unfounded
Last Modified: February 17. 2013 5:30AM
WILKES-BARRE – Firefighters declared a report of a man jumping from the Market Street Bridge unfounded after searching the area below the bridge from the bridge, the riverbank and by boat Saturday afternoon.
Wilkes-Barre firefighters and police responded at approximately 2:15 p.m. to a report that a man tied cinder blocks to both his legs and leaped from the bridge, according to Wilkes-Barre Assistant Fire Chief Edward Snarski. Snarski said the report was called in by a man riding a bicycle who left the scene before emergency responders arrived.
Investigators interviewed numerous people in Nesbitt Park and around the Market Street Bridge but could not find additional witnesses. After firefighters searched beneath the pillars and along both sides of the bridge by boat and found nothing, Snarski declared the report unfounded at 2:45 p.m. Greg Dovish of Luzerne was fishing in a boat near the bridge and Mark Wanko of Kingston was kayaking north of the Pierce Street Bridge when emergency responders arrived.
Both men assisted firefighters in the search, but neither saw anyone jump from the bridge or found any evidence of a person in the water, they said.
The Susquehanna River level was 1.3 feet in Wilkes-Barre Saturday afternoon, according to National Weather Service data. Snarski said the water was clear and investigators could see the bottom in most places.
Saturday was the fourth time emergency responders were called to the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre this year, according to Snarski.