Deputies save suicidal man from jumping off bridge

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Three Pinellas Sheriff's deputies successfully saved a man who was standing on the railing of the Bay Pines Bridge threatening to jump Sunday morning.

The sheriff's office says as two of the deputies talked to the man, a third deputy approached him from a blind spot and was able to grab him off the railing. They say the man was initially combative when they pulled him off the railing and deputies had to taser him to subdue him.

The 24-year-old man only suffered minor injuries from the fall onto the roadway and later thanked the deputies for pulling him off the railing. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Deputies say the water below where he was standing was only about 1.5 to 2 feet deep over an oyster shell bed.

Watch video of the rescue below.


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