Woman rescued after jumping from Huey P. Long bridge and becoming trapped in support beam

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JEFFERSON PARISH, La. (WGNO) – A pair of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies pulled off a daring rescue after a woman jumped from the Huey P. Long Bridge and became stuck in a support beam Sunday afternoon.

According to a JPSO spokesperson, shortly before 1 p.m., deputy Jordan Burst and deputy David Lowe responded to a report that a woman had jumped from the bridge.

When they arrived at the scene, they found an unoccupied vehicle in the right lane of the east bank bound side of the bridge.

They also met with the person who had called 911. They told deputies a woman got out of an unoccupied car and jumped, head first over the bridge railing.

At that time, sheriff’s officials say deputy Burst looked over the railing and saw a woman, stuck head first in a hole in a bridge support beam, trying to free herself.

Deputy Burst climbed over the rail to comfort the woman while deputy Lowe got a tow strap from his police unit so that he could secure both deputy Burst and himself.

Once secured, deputy Burst also climbed over the guard rail and successfully freed the woman.

With assistance from the Nine Mile Point Fire Department, the deputies were finally able to get the woman safely back onto the bridge.

The 53-year-old woman did have some minor injuries and was transported to Ochsner Medical Center for treatment.


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