UPDATE: Woman rescued after jumping from HRBT bridge

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A woman jumped over the HRBT bridge into the water around 11:10 p.m. Sunday night, according to State Police. She was rescued shortly after midnight.

The 58-year-old woman was rescued by the Coast Guard from the Elizabeth River near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.

Virginia State Police say drivers stopped when they saw the woman standing near the jersey wall.

Witnesses called police when they saw the woman jump into the water.

A state police trooper was able to spot the woman in the water and heard her scream, but lost sight of her as the current swept her away from the bridge.

Virginia State Police dispatchers also contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at 11:20 p.m. Sunday, reporting a woman in the water.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina was diverted and a 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth launched to assist.

The helicopter crew spotted the woman at approximately 12:05 a.m., Monday, and guided the small boat to her location.

At 12:10 a.m. the woman was pulled from the water by the small boat crew and taken to Willoughby boat ramp in Norfolk where she was transferred to an awaiting ambulance crew and taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The woman was reported to be hypothermic, but in good condition.

Also involved in the search was Norfolk Fire Boat 4, officials say.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.


  • The Don

    Y did she jump? And if it was an intended suicide, why did she stay afloat? Wasting emergency personnel’s time and coast guard too. If a mental patient why all the drama? No sympathy for this lady at all !!

    • Anastasia

      God bless you that you have never known the pain of depression. It’s not a waste if it saved someone’s life or even was an attempt at doing so. I hope that no one in your family ever feels this pain, but if they do, I’m afraid they wont turn to you as an open door. Be more compassionate, please.

      • Patricia

        I agree with you Anastasia. I have a child with a mental illness and everyday is a struggle for him. Whatever made this woman want to jump must have been devastating to her. Thank goodness not everyone is so narrow minded and shallow.

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