Police respond to another apparent suicide attempt on I-205 bridge

It's the second incident in two days on tall bridge

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Updated: January 1, 2012, 8:07 PM

 

Emergency responders were called to the I-205 bridge late Sunday afternoon after another apparent suicide attempt, the second in two days.

The incident occurred on Interstate 205 southbound, north of Government Island, at about 4:15 p.m. A witness saw a woman, probably in her mid-30s to early-40s, jump from the bridge and land in the water, said Gabe Watson, spokesman for the Portland Fire Bureau.

The fire bureau responded with its boats, as did the Multnomah County Sheriff, the Port of Portland and the Vancouver Fire Department. As of 5:30 p.m., the woman’s body had not been recovered. She was not immediately identified.

Watson said a dive team was unable to enter the water due to swift-moving currents and the encroaching darkness.

On Friday, Ana R. Ramos, 30, of Vancouver, died after a leap from the tall center span of the bridge. She was pulled from the Columbia River and taken to a hospital, but did not survive her injuries.

In October, high school student Aaron Brandley, 17, of Vancouver was seen going over the rail of the bridge and entering the water. His body has not been recovered.

Free suicide prevention counseling is available at 888-273-8255, or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.