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Smoking driver on Manhattan Bridge leads to false alarm

FDNY divers returning from the false alarm. Photo: Mary Frost

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

At roughly 2:30 p.m. on Saturday FDNY divers rushed to the East River near the River Café restaurant in Brooklyn to rescue a potential jumper from the Manhattan Bridge. Rescuers anticipated the currents would carry the jumper south to that spot.

According to FDNY, a caller had reported an emotionally disturbed person walking on the roadway of the bridge “who was going to jump.”

It turned out, however, “it was a guy who came out of his car to smoke a cigarette.”

The diver's expression, shown above, says it all.

June 24, 2013 - 1:53pm


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