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SOLOMONS, Md. — At approximately 4 p.m. on February 19, first responders were called to the scene of the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge for reports that a person had jumped.

Soon after, rescue boats managed to reach the body of the jumper in the water, bringing them to shore according to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. They would then be transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

A phone call from one individual to said that they were on the bridge at the time the person jumped. That caller claimed to see the person in the water, and said that they appeared alert in the cold water below when they tried to track them.

The condition of the victim has not been confirmed by officials at this time.

This will be the third confirmed jumper of 2022, and the fourth since October of 2021.

The bridge was closed for approximately 40 minutes, and the boat ramp beneath was closed for an extended period of time.

If you know someone in a crisis, you can direct them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

You can call them at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741, which is the Crisis Text Line. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential. 

For more information, check out the official website for the National Institute of Mental Health.

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  1. It’s time to put some type of fence or something to prevent people from jumping. If there are sides or something they would have to climb in order to jump.

    1. No it isn’t. The bridge is going to be replaced. Save the money and go with the original design with pedestrian and bike paths on the new bridge.

        1. No, it’s still on the list for Maryland. The entire Rt. 4 / Rt. 235 interchange plans are available for review. It’ll be lower, which should make it a quick drop and sudden stop.

  2. Please, please, please! Can’t we fence the bridge to slow down a potential suicide victim? You can’t climb barbed wire fencing. My God…the impact on the victims family and the people sitting on that bridge knowing someone has just attempted to kill themselves.

    1. How about we just take the bridge down and make everyone go up to Benedict like before the bridge was built?

    2. I totally agree with you. A natural instinct would be to go after them but of course stop yourself. Something has got to be done. Where’s our Governor!

    3. If they’re willing to jump off a bridge do you really think barbed wire will do anything to stop them? Not to mention it’ll make Solomon’s look trashy.

  3. Maybe if it didn’t take 2 months to get in to see a mental health doctor, this would not be so frequent.

    1. True. But I’m sure they are overwhelmed with numerous requests for appointments and there’s just not enough of them to meet the demands.

    2. Agree! Calvert is very limited with mental health experts.. And a large portion of them I have found out dont take insurance,they want cash payments! Some of these people cannot afford 175.00 for the initial 1 hour visit and then another 75.00 for 15 min visits after that! This is so wrong!

  4. Maybe if the hospitals around here actually helped those with mental issues instead of sending them away after a few hours when they clearly are harmful to themselves we wouldn’t have all these suicide attempts and suicides.

    1. The law is quite clear on who can and who cannot be committed against their will in the hospital. Many time people are offered voluntary admission but refuse. Fairly stringent bar for involuntary commital.

  5. People are such cowards. Why put a fence or net up? They will find another way to kill themselves. Sad, but truth of the matter

  6. People only want a fence and net up because if they can’t see it happen and it does not affect them then they can go on pretending like it is not still happening. People don’t want their lives affected by other people misfortune or anything ugly. Put up a net and people will commit suicide at home but I guess that will that will make you happy since it won’t affect your traffic.

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