- A man who was screaming at officers and rescue personnel for about an hour was pulled from the Chattahoochee River today after he jumped from the Dillingham Street Bridge in downtown Columbus.
The man clad in boxer shorts was pulled into a rescue boat about 5:30 p.m. after two police officers jumped into the river and took him into custody near Rotary Park. He was placed into an ambulance and taken to Midtown Medical Center where he will be evaluated, said Robert Futrell, assistant chief of Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. “Right now, we just want to get him evaluated,” he said.
Futrell said he faces no charges from fire and rescue personnel but he didn’t know whether there is a charge from police.
“I think everybody is waiting for the evaluation,” he said. “Without knowing what his mental status was, it would be hard to charge him.”
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The man, who has not been identified, at first didn’t cooperate with the rescue efforts. He repeatedly rejected rescue personnel’s efforts to help him out of the water. At times, he was tossed a flotation device as officers on two boats drifted with the man down river.
More than a dozen officials were in or near the river around 4:29 p.m. when police received the call about a man in the river. Over the next hour, he floated past the Columbus Convention & Trade Center and the Columbus Civic Center before he was apprehended near the boat launch at Rotary Park.
Drew Doster of Smiths Station said he and a friend were walking on the Chattahoochee Riverwalk when they heard a splash in the river. “We saw the splash and everything,” he said.
Officers said the man had been released from the Russell County Jail Wednesday and authorities were trying to get him to the hospital when he took a plunge into the river.