1 dead, 1 missing after jumping off ‘Jose’ bridge in Martha’s Vineyard

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A man is dead and his brother is missing after jumping off the bridge made popular by the 1975 movie “Jaws” in Martha’s Vineyard.

Rescue workers suspended their search for the water Tuesday afternoon for a 21-year-old man who did not resurface after jumping from the American Legion Memorial Bridge late Sunday night, officials said.

The body of the 26-year-old was recovered on Monday morning. Two other people were rescued, said Adam Sansuki, a spokesman for U.S. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole.

The brothers were identified by a family spokesperson to the Boston Globe as Tavaughn Bulgin, 21, and Tavaris Bulgin, 26. Massachusetts State Police confirmed their identities to USA TODAY and said the brothers were from Jamaica and worked at a seasonal restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard.

Children jump from the American Legion Memorial Bridge, made popular by the 1975 movie, “Jaws,” on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

State police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement that jumping from the bridge between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, is a popular pastime for youths and people visiting the Vineyard. Officials say jumping off it is illegal.

A 911 caller expressed concern about the four swimmers Sunday, Sansousi said.

“One was seen going under water about 200 feet from the ocean and not resurfacing,” Sansuki said. Rescue workers searched through the night. The body of a 26-year-old man Shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.

According to Massachusetts State Police, Edgartown police requested state police assistance in locating the two brothers. State police divers, a marine unit and Massachusetts Environmental Police returned to the Edgartown beach Tuesday morning after calling off the search Monday evening.

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State police said the search was called off Tuesday afternoon because of dangerous conditions for divers.

“We will review weather conditions on a daily basis to determine when conditions are safe for diving to resume,” state police said.

The teams used side-scan sonar, which detects objects or anomalies on the ocean floor through sensors that send and receive pulses to map the ocean floor, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Contribution: Associated Press

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