1 Brother Found Dead, 1 Missing After Jumping Off Jaws Bridge On Martha’s Vineyard

EDGARTOWN – A 26-year-old man has been found dead and his 21-year-old brother is missing after they jumped off a bridge in Martha’s Vineyard, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Four people jumped off the Jaws Bridge in Edgartown on Sunday night. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman told WBZ-TV that they began searching for the swimmers around 11:20 p.m. Two were found unharmed, but two young men did not surface.

The depth of water under the bridge is about 15 feet. The Oak Bluffs fire chief told WBZ-TV’s Louisa Moller that the tide came at that time and was undoubtedly very fast.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio said police and firefighters searched for the men until about 3:30 a.m. Divers were brought in after sunrise for the search.

The 26-year-old’s body was found Monday morning by a search team, state police said.

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the 21-year-old man around 3 p.m. pending further developments. State police will return to the area on Tuesday to search with side-scan sonar.

Their names have not been made public. According to state police, the brothers were seasonal workers at a restaurant and lived in Oak Bluffs.

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The “Jaws” Bridge on Martha’s Vineyard.

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The bridge, officially called the American Legion Memorial Bridge according to state police, is located on Beach Road and connects Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. It became a milestone after his appearance in the hit 1975 film Jaws, which was shot on the vineyard.

Even as the crew searched for the missing man on Monday, young people kept jumping from the bridge.

“I was surprised, even after they finished blocking, that people would come back to jump,” said Russell Bell, a summer resident of the island.

Another summer resident, Michael Hamilton, said he remembers someone hurting his neck a few years ago after jumping off the bridge.

“You don’t know what happens when you jump into the water,” he said.


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