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Man Jumps From Bridge, Lands in Boat, Dies

8:10 PM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Two men jumped off the Dunns Creek Bridge in Putnam County.

According to Hancel Woods with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, two men jumped from the Dunns Creek Bridge around 5:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer said one man landed in a boat that happened to be passing underneath the bridge. That man died. 

The FWC officer tells First Coast News the man who died was Matthew Holder, 23.

The other man, according to the FWC officer, hit the boat but did not land in it.  That man has minor injuries.

According to the FWC, a boat of people had been water skiing Saturday. The boat pulled up under the Dunns Creek bridge, and three of the passengers got out, including Holder. 

A short while later, Holder and a friend chose to jump from the bridge into Dunns Creek, according to the the FWC.

Their friends below tried to warn an oncoming boat that Holder and his friend were about to jump.

The captain of the oncoming boat, according to the FWC, threw the boat into reverse.

Holder landed on the bow of that boat and died.  An FWC officer said two young children, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, were in the boat but were not hurt.

The FWC is conducting the investigation.


First Coast News

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