WBUR talks with Oliver Smoot, who gave us the measurement, back in town for the centennial celebration of MIT's move across the river.
Massachusetts Avenue Bridge
A 45-year-old Harvard man jumped off the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge shortly before noon. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:
Troopers were able to bring the man from the water into a State Police vessel and transport him to a nearby dock, from where he was taken to Boston Medical Center. Based on the facts and circumstances available thus far, the incident does not appear to be the result of criminal conduct and the man is expected to survive.
Tim watched some of the first responders searching the Charles around 4:30 p.m. Nick Gillham reported they were looking for somebody who might have jumped. Traffic was backed up in both directions.
After working overnight doing preparation work Thursday and Friday, crews are repaving Massachusetts Avenue from the intersection of Beacon Street to Marlborough Street today.
A construction worker told a detail police officer that they hoped to complete this part of the project today.
Brinley Mooney looked out her window to see a car flipped on its side on Mass. Ave. between Beacon Street and the river.
A boater spotted a body floating in the Charles around 6:50 a.m. near the Mass. Ave. Bridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:
The body is that of an adult female. Investigators have a tentative identification; procedurally, we will only release that ID if her death is believed to be a result of criminal conduct.
UPDATE: Tentatively identified as a Boston woman in her 30s.
Nikki and Noelle noticed the marker pointing the way to MIT today. How much is that in Smoots?
Updated, 12:25 a.m.
For the second day in a row, Boston and Cambridge firefighters and State Police responded to the Massachusetts Avenue bridge on a report of a possible jumper, only to find no evidence on the bridge or in the water that somebody had actually jumped.
Firefighters used thermal imagers and sonar to search the water, after the report of a possible jumper mid-span came in shortly before 11:50 p.m.
The bridge was shut in both directions. Around 12:20 a.m., Boston firefighters began packing up and leaving.
The Boston Fire Department responded in force around 6 p.m. when a report came in of a possible jumper from the bridge, but after searching the water, firefighters found nothing and left.
Shortly after 4 p.m., Boston and Cambridge firefighters and Boston and State police began rushing to the Mass. Ave. Bridge on a report of a sailboat tipping over in the wind and dumping somebody in the water. Just as firefighters were about to begin their "tech rescue," however, the person managed to get back in the boat and make his way to shore on the Cambridge side - where he was met by troopers and Cambridge firefighters. He declined medical attention.
JB Parrett highlights the Mass. Ave. Bridge.
David Cole spotted the Wienermobile on the Mass. Ave. bridge around 6 p.m.
The windsurfer now realizes you were right and apologizes for cursing you out.
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters were dispatched to the Mass. Ave. Bridge around 11:35 p.m. when somebody noticed a person on the ice on the Charles.
Person is tethered with a rope and is now walking off of the frozen river to shore. ... Unknown why person was on the ice. Police to investigate.
A body of a man pulled out of the Charles River yesterday is that of a 32-year-old South End man whose apparent jump into the river on Jan. 1 sparked a massive search that came up empty at the time, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adds:
The investigation during the intervening months into that man's death has not developed any indication of foul play. Because the case is not believed to be criminal in nature, his name is not being released.
UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the victim was 32 and from Boston. "Multiple witness statements suggest that the man who went over the bridge did so intentionally, and foul play is not suggested at this time." His body remains unrecovered.
The Boston Fire Department reports a man jumped into the Charles River around 3:30 a.m. today:
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