Authorities rescued a woman who tried to jump from the Huey P. Long Bridge on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 31), according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies Jordan Burst and David Lowe arrived on the scene after they responded to a 12:55 p.m. report of an apparent attempted suicide from the bridge on the West to Eastbank side, authorities said.
The deputies noticed an abandoned vehicle in the right travel lane. The sheriff’s office said the woman who reported the incident told the deputies she watched a woman stop her vehicle in the road and then jump over the bridge railing.
When Burst looked over the railing, he saw the woman stuck headfirst in a hole in a supporting steel beam, officials said. She appeared to be attempting to free herself. The two deputies tethered themselves to a tow strap, went over the railing and were able to free the 53-year-old Marrero resident.
With aid from the Nine Mile Point Volunteer Fire Department, the deputies brought the woman back to the bridge. The sheriff’s office said she sustained minor injuries and was transported to Ochsner Main Campus.