Man charged after bridge jump
A 25-YEAR-OLD man is expected to face court next month after he jumped from the Bradfield Bridge into the flooded Bremer River.
It comes after two 17-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man jumped into the swollen river on air mattresses and had to be rescued by the SES.
About 10am yesterday, Safe City’s security cameras focussed on Bradfield Bridge after reports of a man standing on a platform off the bridge.
People on the footbridge from Riverlink to Ipswich City Square tried to talk to the man but they said he ignored them.
“We were saying, ‘What are you doing?’ ‘Why are you jumping?’ but he didn’t take any notice and he just jumped,” a witness said.
The dark-haired man dressed in long pants and no shirt or shoes hesitated for a while before leaping feet first into the river.
After he surfaced, he turned around with his arms in the air as was swept swiftly in the cloudy current. He then swam across the river to grab hold of the light projectors sticking out of the water from River Heart.
After resting, he swam further down river to the bank at the end of River Heart and started walking up the boardwalk.
His swagger was brought to a halt by two police officers who put handcuffs on him and led him to a police car.
Mayor Paul Pisasale condemned the action of jump, particularly as emergency services are stretched.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service acting commissioner Iain MacKenzie said the service had undertaken more than 80 water rescues in the last 10 days and almost all involved people being foolhardy.
Cr Pisasale said leaping into the flooded Bremer was life-threatening for the jumper and could have risked rescuers.
“The guy endangered his own life and took up emergency services’ time. If they had to save him they would have endangered their lives as well,” he said.
“There could quite easily have been a log under the water or he could have got dragged downstream and drowned. The good news is people who do this sort of thing will be charged.”
The North Ipswich man was charged with an unregulated high-risk activity and is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 11.
The teenagers who jumped into the river on Monday were issued with a notice to appear in court for public nuisance.