Charleston police investigating death of male who jumped from Ravenel Bridge

Charleston police Thursday are investigating after a male jumped from the span.

Charleston police are investigating the death of a male who jumped from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Thursday morning.

Officers responded to reports of a male who jumped from the bridge around 10:40 a.m., according to the department’s incident report. One of the officers saw the person floating in the water when they arrived and another officer saw a pair of brown shoes the male left on the bridge before jumping.

The body was recovered and taken to Remley’s Point.

The person’s identity will not be released until Friday to allow for family members to be notified, said Sheila Williams, Charleston County Deputy Coroner. Officials did not offer any additional identifying information.

Amber Bitting, a James Island resident, said she and her fiance were walking on the bridge returning to the Mount Pleasant side when they saw a helicopter come in to search for the body.

Bitting said she did not see the jumper but did see the pair of shoes he left on the bridge before jumping.

Between opening in July 2005 and its 10-year anniversary in 2015, four people survived jumping from the span and 20 people died.

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