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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One man died after jumping off the Hot Metal Bridge with two others Sunday night.
According to police, three men jumped from the bridge into the Monongahela River around 8:40 p.m. for unknown reasons.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they saw all three in the water. One man appeared to be injured and was having trouble swimming to shore.
River Rescue officers pulled him onto a boat and began to treat him as they went to shore. The man was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies him as 25-year-old Austin Chris Bible. His cause of death has not yet been released.
UPDATE: Allegheny Co. medical examiner’s office has released the name of the man who died after jumping from the Hot Metal Bridge into the Monongahela River last night. He is 25-year-old Austin Chris Bible. The cause of death hasn’t been released. See my live report at 6:30.#KDKA pic.twitter.com/ecErIyIECN
— Lisa Washington (@LisaWashing) July 30, 2018
Friends are remembering Bible as a friendly person.
“He was probably the funniest person I’ve ever known in my life,” said Nicole Novak, one of Bible’s co-workers. “He was so sweet, always smiling, someone who was so easy to talk to, so friendly, just a great person.”
The two other men were safely rescued and detained for questioning. They did not suffer any injuries.
Police say it was determined that the men were not trying to take their own lives.
“Police have said there were no hidden motives, so it makes me happy for Austin’s sake, but it’s always tragic when someone loses their life,” said Novak.
The Hot Metal Bridge was shut down for about an hour while police, paramedics and rescue crews were on the scene.
Police say there are no charges at this time and no arrests pending.