Major search after reports of jump off Menai Bridge

From the Bangor Anglesey Mail yesterday.

A MAJOR sea, air and land search was launched after a man was seen plunging from the Menai Suspension Bridge.

Eyewitnesses dialled 999 after watching a man jump from the bridge to the Menai Strait below on Monday morning.

The RNLI lifeboat at the nearby Beaumaris station on Anglesey, 22 Squadron RAF Valley helicopter, North Wales Police and onshore coastguard teams from Bangor and Pen Mon scrambled to the scene to conduct a four-hour search and rescue operation.

Emergency teams were eventually stood down at 2.15pm but no body was found.

A police spokesman confirmed that searches would continue in an attempt to trace the identity of the man.

He said: “We had a report at 11am that a man had entered the water from the Menai Suspension Bridge.”

An RNLI Beaumaris spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 11.31am to say people had seen a man jump from the Menai Suspension Bridge at 11.25am. Witnesses (on the bridge) said they saw a man splashing about in the water.

“Our crew were there within minutes of taking the call and an extensive search was undertaken by ourselves, the helicopter (from RAF Valley) and the coastguard’s onshore team.”


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