© Guardian photo by Eric McMurray
Traffic on the Hillsborough Bridge
The body of a 53-year-old Mount Herbert man has been recovered from the Hillsborough River.
A driver reported seeing the man jump from the Hillsborough Bridge around 8 a.m.
RCMP Cpl. Danny D’Amour says the body was found floating on the choppy, frigid water four to five nautical miles east of the bridge, near Mermaid.
“It’s quite a distance,’’ says D’Amour.
A strong current buoyed by winds of 20 to 30 km/hr were credited with carrying the man’s body so far from the bridge in such a short time.
The search party aboard the RCMP Zodiac, the last of several boats to join in the search, found the body at about 11:10 a.m.
D’Amour says a motorist driving to work “right at high traffic time’’ saw a man wearing a red hoodie pull his truck off the road then jump into the water.
“He had no hesitation on jumping,’’ says the officer.
“He just came out and – boom – jumped.’’
D’Amour lauded the Charlottetown Fire Department with their quick response in getting their search and rescue boat in the water promptly.
Seven boats in total eventually took part in the search.
A Cormorant helicopter also arrived from CFB Shearwater at about 10:10 a.m.