Tappan Zee Bridge jumper pulled from Hudson, alive

The Tappan Zee Bridge photographed on the north

The Tappan Zee Bridge photographed on the north side during a tour provided by the New York Thruway Authority. (March 13, 2012) (Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

A 30-year-old man survived a jump from the Tappan Zee Bridge early Saturday morning, State Police at Tarrytown said.

A driver called 911 a few minutes after 3 a.m. after spotting the jumper's abandoned car on the bridge, State Police investigator Noel Nelson said.

The man was already in the water when police, marine units and rescue crews arrived. He was pulled from the water by the Piermont Fire Department's Marine Unit, according to Nelson.

After pulling the man from the water, troopers interviewed him. He was "despondent about some issues going on with his life," Nelson said. Paramedics treated the jumper at the scene, then sent him by ambulance to Nyack Hospital. He was not seriously injured, Nelson said.

The man jumped from the south side of the bridge at the Westchester County end. The drop is "not terribly high at that point, somewhere between 30 and 50 feet," Nelson said. The largest drop from the 16,000 foot span is 138 feet.

State Police do not plan to file charges. The victim remained hospitalized Saturday.

Saturday's incident marked the third time a person jumped or attempted a jump from the Tappan Zee in less than six weeks. On June 8, off-duty police from Tarrytown and New York City stopped a woman from jumping from the south side of the bridge. They physically restrained the would-be jumper until paramedics and backup arrived to take her to Westchester Medical Center.

On May 10, 55-year-old Thomas Porzio of New Rochelle climbed onto a bridge scaffold and threatened to jump. After State Police Inv. Joseph Becerra talked Porzio down from the scaffold, New Rochelle Police said Porzio had tried to kill his wife a day earlier.

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