Hunt for man who leapt from Forth Road Bridge

The 31-year-old had still not been recovered this morning. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The 31-year-old had still not been recovered this morning. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A LARGE-SCALE night-time rescue attempt was sparked after a man jumped from the Forth Road Bridge. Helicopters and lifeboats were scrambled to the scene last night and searched in vain for several hours in dense fog.

The 31-year-old had still not been recovered this morning and the incident was still being treated as a missing person.

The man, who is from the Edinburgh area, plunged more than 500 from the bridge to the water below at around 7.30pm yesterday in a suspected suicide attempt.

A police spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh assisted coastguard after a man in his 30s jumped from the Forth Road Bridge at around 7.30pm.

“He has not been recovered and is still being treated as missing person.”

Emergency services were alerted to a suspected person in the Firth of Forth near South Queensferry.

Teams were focusing their search on the immediate area between the Forth Road Bridge and Hound Point.

Royal Navy Sea King Helicopter Rescue 177 and a police helicopter combed the area with searchlights but were unable to find him.

Lifeboats from Kinghorn and South Queensferry and ten personnel from Fisherrow Coastguard were also involved in the search,

It is understood that the search may have been hampered by fog.

A spokeswoman for the Coastguard said that a “large-scale search and rescue operation had been mounted. She said: “Rescue 177 was involved and lifeboats from Kinghorn and South Queensferry, and coastguard rescue teams.

“The ambulance service was also there.”