Causeway jumper rescued from Lake Pontchartrain

Causeway jumper rescued from Lake Pontchartrain

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A man was rescued from Lake Pontchartrain Monday morning after he jumped off the Causeway Bridge. This is the second bridge-jumping incident in five days.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. Monday near the southern end of the Causeway Bridge.

An officer spotted a vehicle stopped at a crossover and checked on the vehicle, according to Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou. No one was inside.

The officer then looked over the railing and spotted a man treading water in the lake. He tossed him a life ring which the jumper readily accepted, according to officials. Additional crew members were called to the scene and a rescue basket was lowered into the water, lifting the jumper to the deck.

The man appeared to be uninjured, according to officials. He was transported to the hospital.

The incident comes less than 24-hours after Coast Guard search crews found the body of 28-year-old Darryl Davis Jr. in Lake Pontchartrain. Davis jumped off the bridge on Aug. 6, according to police.

He was allegedly driving a stolen pick-up truck southbound on the Causeway Bridge when he ran into construction crews and Causeway Police. Davis immediately turned around and began driving against traffic. Police pursued him until he came to a stop around the 10-mile post, according to Causeway officials. He then got out of the truck and jumped in to Lake Pontchartrain.

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