Couple die in hospital after jumping from the George Washington Bridge

Police in New York are trying to identify couple who jumped from George Washington Bridge.
By Frances Burns   |   April 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- A couple who jumped from New York's George Washington Bridge died Monday not long after they were rescued from the Hudson River.

New York police said they had not yet identified the man and woman, who appeared to be in their late 30s. Investigators said they had found no note on the walkway and the couple appeared to have walked out on the bridge and no car had been traced to them.

The bridge between upper Manhattan and Fort Lee, N.J., is one of the New York area's major suicide magnets, averaging about 10 a year. In 2012, there were 43 attempts and a record 18 people succeeded. It is one of the most accessible, with a pedestrian walkway its entire length and a subway stop and bus terminal at the New York end.

The couple apparently jumped from the upper level, more than 200 feet above the Hudson.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees on the lower level said they saw something falling and then heard the bodies hit the water, a spokesman said. New York City police and fire boats found the two about a half mile below the bridge and took them to the pier at 125th Street. They were pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital shortly after noon.

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