Crime

Florida officials save man threatening to jump from Columbus bridge

Just hours before Florida Task Force 2 officials visited the Chattahoochee River to engage in a swift-water rescue scenario, they saved a 29-year-old whose life was in legit danger.

Davie Fire Rescue Capt. Miguel Ferrer said he and a fellow Florida Task Force 2 agent got lost on their way back from dinner Monday night. Eventually, they were pointed in the correct direction and came across a 29-year-old man who was leaning outward on the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge with plans to jump in the Chattahoochee River.

Ferrer said they were able to sneak up on the man, and pull him to safety. They later learned that the victim, who fathers a 9-year-old girl, was having family and financial issues.

"It was just really tragic and sad more than anything," Ferrer said.

The Davie Fire Rescue Capt. said the victim was hysterical and crying after the task force saved him. The 29-year-old man thanked his rescuers.

"It's a good feeling, especially when you see the difference," he said. "It wasn't going to end well."

Ferrer said it wasn't a coincidence that Florida Task Force 2 noticed the man just in time.

"It was meant to be," he said. "There is no question in my mind."

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