Dutch man dies jumping from Arnhem bridge

7th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

An Arnhem man has died after being challenged by friends to jump from a bridge into the river Rhine.

Arnhem – A man in Arnhem has died after jumping off a bridge “for fun” into the Rhine river, police in the eastern Dutch city said.

The 46-year-old was reported to have climbed the bridge together with two other men. The three challenged each other to jump but only the victim did.

There is confusion over which Arnhem bridge was climbed: De Telegraaf reports it was the John Frost bridge, while NOS reports the Nelson Mandela bridge.

Fire brigade divers managed to retrieve the man from the water but attempts to resuscitate him failed. The other two men were taken to the police station for questioning. It is not clear whether they were under the influence of drink or drugs.

Rescue services are warning people suffering from the warm weather not to jump off bridges: strong currents and passing ships mean this can be lethal.

Radio Netherlands / Anna Ritchie / Expatica

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