Sunday, July 21, 2024

One Reportedly Dead, Another Medevacked After Jumping Off Albion River Bridge

The Albion River Bridge, looking northwards from Albion, California [Picture from David Eppstein on WikiCommons]

Reports from the Mendocino County coast this morning indicate two people reportedly jumped off the iconic Albion River Bridge resulting in the death of one and the immediate life flight of another.

Scanner traffic around 8:40 a.m. reported two had jumped over the railings. Dispatches from the scene stated one person missed the water.

Around 8:55 a.m., a coroner was requested to the scene for one fatality. Simultaneously, another party was being prepared for ground transport to a landing zone where they would be intercepted by an air ambulance.

The Albion River Bridge is a wooden deck truss bridge built in 1944, the only remaining wooden bridge on California State Route 1. In July 2020, another person jumped off the bridge to their death.

We have reached out to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office for information about the incident and will update you when we know more.

UPDATE 11:03 a.m.: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten has confirmed that two subjects jumped off the Albion River Bridge this morning. One has passed away and another has been transported via air ambulance for medical treatment.

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Editor’s Note

Please remember, if you or a loved one are suffering from mental distress there are many resources that can be accessed including:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264, info@nami.org
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): (800) 662-4357
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464
  • Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

In efforts to educate the public regarding suicide prevention, the following infographic from the National Institute of Mental Health provides guidance in warning signs associated with suicide:

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  1. I was raised on the Albion ridge Rd from the mid 40,s. I went to the Albion School
    and the Mendocino High school thru the seventh grade. I was saddened to learn about the bridge leap. I hope that the survivor is OK.

    Elbert Klob


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