The other missing brother is presumed to be dead.
In a tragic incident that took place on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, one man lost his life and another remains missing after they both jumped off a bridge made famous in the 1975 movie Jaws.
According to tweets from the Coast Guard and Massachusetts State Police, first responders from the United States Coast Guard and many other rescue teams, including police dive teams and marine unit workers, started looking for the two men when they failed to return after jumping off the bridge.
One body was recovered, the cops shared in an update on Twitter on August 15, 2022, according to TODAY. Later that day, officials announced they were suspending the search for the second man.
The victims are brothers aged 26 and 21, according to Massachusetts State Police. The two were living in Oak Bluffs while working at a restaurant on the island for the summer.
Two of the four people who leaped off the bridge in Edgartown late on the night of August 14, 2022, were saved by emergency personnel. The search for them began approximately around 11:20 pm, according to a Coast Guard official.
One man is dead and another is missing after they jumped off a bridge made famous in the 1975 movie “Jaws” on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, authorities say. https://t.co/c41Xj92tqT— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 16, 2022
Responders recovered one body the next morning at about 6:30 am, but they continued searching for the other brother, the Coast Guard reported. State and local police and fire crews were involved in the search, but it was affected by the tides.
“We broke off the main search just around noon today, after a few tide changes,” Oak Bluffs Fire Chief Nelson Wirtz shared. “With the number of tides that have come and gone….we just have to wait.”
The water under the bridge is said to be dangerous for swimmers who have no proper experience. According to Wirtz, the channel has a strong current that fluctuates in strength according to the time of day.
“For someone who’s a good swimmer, it’s OK. I do not know how well these people swam. Certainly, if you’re not a strong swimmer, you’re going to have trouble … You can easily get overwhelmed,” Wirtz added.
That so sad ! Sending my condolences to their family & friends!— Nancy Simone (@sissorhappy45) August 17, 2022
The latest update by the state police revealed that the search operations had been resumed. "Our divers and Marine Unit and our @MAEnviroPolice partners working along Edgartown coast as search for missing man has resumed. We are using sidescan sonar to detect objects or anomalies in water column or on ocean floor. If sonar detects something we will dive on it."
However, the missing brother is presumed to be dead, Oak Bluffs Police Chief Jonathan Searle told The Boston Globe.
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