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Off-duty Tampa police officer rescues man who jumped from bridge

Officer James Wilcher and his friend Chip Roberts saved a man who jumped from the Gandy Bridge in Tampa Bay.
Credit: Tampa Police
An off-duty police officer and his friend hold onto a man who jumped from the Gandy Bridge.

An off-duty police officer looking for some relaxation found himself in the middle of a rescue Wednesday, the Tampa Police Department said.

Officer James Wilcher and his friend Chip Roberts were fishing near the Gandy Bridge in Tampa Bay when they saw a man jump from the bridge.

They moved their boat over to the man and held onto him for about 30 minutes until a police boat could arrive. The police boat took the man to an ambulance, which took him to a local hospital for treatment.

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