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Man jumps off bridge


Scott Hunter

The bridge across the Columbia River in front of Grand Coulee Dam. A semi crossing on the right gives perspective as to size and height from the river.

A man jumped off the Columbia River Bridge in Coulee Dam this morning, reportedly just because he thought he could make it.

The 28-year-old jumped from the bridge just before 7:30. Another person was trying to keep him from doing it, said Coulee Dam Chief of Police Pat Collins.

Collins said at 9:30 that three boats were in the river searching for the man, but that it was more likely a recovery effort than a rescue, since the man had been in the river for hours.

Collins said the jump was not a suicide attempt.

"He thought he could make it," Collins said.

Collins said the name of the man would not be released until he is found and family members notified.

Update: The Tribal Tribune has reported that the man who jumped is Jamie Williams.

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