March 14, 2014 19:20
***** UPDATE 3/14/2014 @ 6:49pm *****
At 3:26pm this afternoon Portland Fire was dispatched to report of a man who may be trying to jump from the Steel Bridge. After a search at both ends and sides of the bridge turned up negative all units cleared. At 3:35pm the man was spotted by a passerby on the pedestrian walkway adjacent to the bridge. After an unsuccessful attempt, the subject ended up clinging to a support column below the bridge, with no way to lower himself to the ground, over 20' below.
Portland Fire's Technical Rescue Team had personnel geared up and ready to go with everything but an anchor point for the rope. As soon as it became evident that the subject would fall without intervention, the high-angle rope rescue was deployed. After making connections to a fixed anc