A man survived a fall of 125 feet after jumping from the Sabine River Bridge on Interstate 10 Sunday morning around 6 a.m.

According to Captain W. K. Longlois of the Orange Police Department, officers responded to a call about 5:20 a.m. of a man on top of the bridge that connects Texas with Louisiana.

The man was threatening to kill himself by leaping off the bridge into the Sabine River. Officers tried to talk him down, but after about 40 minutes the man jumped from the bridge, falling about 125 feet before he hit the water. The man survived the fall and was rescued by police officers with the assistance of some local fishermen who provided their boats.

Treated at Baptist Orange Hospital, the man was later transfered to a mental health facility in Beaumont according to Longlois.

Other agencies assistting with the response were: Orange Fire Department, Acadian EMS, Orange County Sheriffs’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Louisiana State Police, Vinton Police Department, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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