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ESU members on the lower level of the bridge after rescuing the man.

Manhattan Bridge, Manhattan- At around 7:30 AM today, there was a report of a male jumper  on the bike path of the bridge near the Manhattan side. Personnel from the Emergency Service Unit (ESU), Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and officers from the 5th Precinct responded to the scene. Within an hour the man was safely taken into custody and treated by EMS.

The first officers on scene requested that Pike Street  be closed between Cherry  and Madison Streets. Police had spotted the man on a ledge of the bridge near Cherry St. and wanted officers at that location in case he jumped.

It is  unknown whether the man voluntarily surrender or was grabbed at an opportune moment by ESU members. Personnel engaged in conversation with him for only about 30 minutes before the situation was resolved.

Other negotiations between distressed persons and the ESU have known to go on for much longer. Earlier this month, it took the ESU and HNT over five hours to talk a young man down from the Verrazano Bridge.

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A D train was halted on the bridge while rescue operations were underway. PHOTO: BRENDAN WALSH
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Officers from the 5th Pct carrying down items that may have belonged to the man. PHOTO: BRENDAN WALSH
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ESU members on the lower level of the bridge after rescuing the man. PHOTO: BRENDAN WALSH
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Officers from the 5th Pct initially closed down the bike path on the Manhattan side. PHOTO: BRENDAN WALSH
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The intersection of Pike St and Madision St was also briefly shut down. PHOTO: BRENDAN WALSH

Reporting, photos and video by Brendan Walsh (@brendanwalshnyc).