MOUNT PLEASANT — A man who jumped off the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge after 10 p.m. Tuesday was pronounced dead a short time later, the Charleston County Coroner's office said this morning.
The coroner's office has not released the name of the man, who officials said was from outside the tri-county area, and was notifying his family.
According to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Eric King, a passer-by saw the man jump from the northbound, Mount Pleasant side of the bridge.
Mount Pleasant Police Sgt. Steve Meadows said the man left his car parked at a gas station at the foot of the bridge and walked up the pedestrian path.
"We got a 911 call at about 10:20 last night from a driver who saw him climb over the fence on the pedestrian side," Meadows said. "It appears that it was a suicide."
The crew of a Coast Guard vessel was participating in a training exercise nearby and pulled the man from the water a few minutes after he jumped and attempted to resuscitate him, King said.
Contrary to initial reports Tuesday, the coroner's office said the man died at the scene.
This is the third time in the past 18 months that someone has jumped to his or her death from the bridge.