A 23-year-old woman jumped from a bridge into Lucky Peak Reservoir on Wednesday night in an apparent suicide attempt, witnesses told the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman, who survived the approximately 18-story fall, was pulled out of the water by a passing motorist before emergency personnel arrived.
Patrick Orr, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said late Friday afternoon that he had not received any updates on her condition. She likely suffered life-threatening injuries in the fall from the Mores Creek Bridge, which locals call High Bridge.
High Bridge is on Idaho 21 about 10 miles east of Boise in Ada County, not far from the Boise County line. The distance from the road to the water is about 180 feet, according to past reports.
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In August of 1994, a 21-year-old Boise State University basketball player jumped from a girder on the bridge for fun while out boating on the lake with family, according to The Associated Press. Greg Lords was pronounced dead at a Boise hospital.
Here’s what Orr said happened Wednesday night:
Just after 8 p.m., a couple headed south to Boise on Idaho 21 stopped to help a motorist who appeared to be stalled or broken down in the middle of the bridge.
“When they stopped, they saw her jump,” he said.
They saw her floating in the water and could hear her moaning, Orr said. So the 33-year-old male motorist quickly hiked down to the water, swam out to the woman and pulled her to shore.
A couple of men on a private fishing boat stopped to offer help. After paramedics placed the woman on a backboard, she was ferried in the fishing boat to Spring Shores Marina, where she was picked up by an air ambulance and taken to a Boise hospital.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 800-273-8255 (TALK).
WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE
▪ Threatening to, talking or writing about suicide
▪ Previous suicide attempt
▪ Seeking methods to kill oneself
▪ Agitation, especially combined with sleeplessness
▪ Giving away prized possessions, making final arrangements, putting affairs in order
▪ Feeling hopeless or trapped
▪ Withdrawing from friends, family or society
▪ Changes in eating patterns
▪ Dramatic mood changes
▪ Increased alcohol or drug use
▪ Inability to sleep or sleeping all the time
▪ Recent loss of a friend or family member through death, suicide, or divorce
▪ Sudden dramatic decline or improvement in work/school work
▪ Themes of death or depression in conversation, writing, reading or art
▪ Neglect of personal appearance
▪ No longer interested in favorite activities or hobbies
▪ Chronic headaches, stomach aches, fatigue
▪ Taking unnecessary risks/recklessness
▪ Sudden, unexpected loss of freedom or fear of punishment/humiliation