A 31-year-old woman from West Union was transported to a local hospital Saturday morning after she jumped from the Ravenel Bridge, officials said.
Authorities were called to the bridge around 2:45 a.m. concerning a woman contemplating suicide, the Coast Guard reported.
Mount Pleasant Police said two officers found a car parked on the southbound bridge with blinkers flashing. They found the woman sitting on the edge of the bridge beyond the railing in the vicinity of the span’s first diamond-shaped support structure, according to a police report.
As they spoke with her, the officers stayed on the other side of the railing about eight feet from the woman. She told them that she was having “rough issues” with school and family. At one point, she asked an officer if she could borrow his handgun to shoot herself. She said that she felt she had no other option and that no one could help her. The Mount Pleasant SWAT team and several negotiators from the department arrived, the report states.
The woman remained on the bridge for about four hours before she jumped around 6:30 a.m. She was conscious when authorities rescued her from the water, according to the Coast Guard.
The Mount Pleasant Police Department posted a Tweet at 5:29 a.m. that the southbound lanes of the bridge, those going from Mount Pleasant into Charleston, were completely closed down.
Several Twitter users asked why the bridge was closed and the department responded saying there was a person threatening to jump.
Shortly after 7 a.m., the department tweeted that the bridge was open to traffic.