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1 brother found dead, 1 still missing after jumping from Jaws Bridge on Martha’s Vineyard

EDGARTOWN — A 26-year-old man has been found dead and his 21-year-old brother is missing after jumping off a bridge in Martha’s Vineyard, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Four people jumped off the Jaws Bridge in Edgartown on Sunday evening. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson told WBZ-TV they began searching for the swimmers around 11:20 p.m. Two were found safe and sound, but two young men did not get on.

The water depth below the bridge is approximately 15 feet. The Oak Bluffs Fire Chief told WBZ-TV’s Louisa Moller that the tide was rising at the time and was undoubtedly very fast.

State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said police and firefighters searched for the men until about 3:30 a.m. Divers were brought in for the search after sunrise.

The 26-year-old’s body was found by a search party on Monday morning, state police said.

The coast guard suspended the search for the 21-year-old man around 3 p.m., pending further developments. State police will return to the area on Tuesday to conduct a side-scan sonar search.

Their names have not been made public. State police said the brothers were seasonal restaurant workers and lived in Oak Bluffs.

1 brother found dead, 1 still missing after jumping from Jaws Bridge on Martha’s Vineyard
The “Jaws” Bridge on Martha’s Vineyard.


The bridge, officially named the American Legion Memorial Bridge according to state police, is on Beach Road and connects Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. It became a landmark after appearing in the hit 1975 film Jaws, which was shot at the vineyard.

Even as crews searched for the missing man on Monday, the youngsters continued to jump from the deck.

“I was surprised even after they finished blocking it that people came back to jump,” said Russell Bell, a summer resident of the island.

Another summer resident, Michael Hamilton, said he remembered someone who injured his neck a few years ago after jumping off the bridge.

“You don’t know what happens when you jump into the water,” he said.


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