Former Navy Swimmer Jumps from GW Bridge, Lives


gw-bridgeA man who once swam for the U.S. Naval Academy’s water-polo team has survived a terrifying leap from the George Washington Bridge. Authorities say 28-year-old Adrian Rawn stopped his car on the lower level of the bridge connecting Manhattan to New Jersey at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, then walked to the rail and jumped. When the fall of more than 200 feet didn’t kill him, he made the long swim to the New Jersey shore.Witness Gi Yeon Rheem tells the New York Post that the impact shredded Rawn’s clothing, but he pulled himself out of the water without help.

He was hospitalized after the plunge at Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was being treated for serious injuries.

Rawn was on a water-polo team that won a gold medal at the Pan-Am Games.

{NYNow/ Newscenter}


  1. ” 1. Comment from the truth
    Time November 8, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Despite whatever commenters here say, this was a tragic fall and nothing else. May the family have a nechama.:

    Who would believe that? Especially when the man admitted he was attempting to commit suicide and B”H had a change of heart and swam to shore.

    A note to think about before trying to cover up things of this nature in the future: Do you have any idea how much damage you are doing to potential depressed people who would otherwise seek help by trying to hide the truth about others? If anyone dies because they think they are alone in the world because of attitudes like yours, that blood is on your hands.


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