A man managed to survive a 100-foot dive over a Louisiana bridge after allegedly becoming bored while stuck in a traffic jam.
According to WBRZ, the man jumped from the Basin Bridge into the Atchafalaya River on Friday in a stunt that went viral on social media.
Khory Vaughan, of New Roads, said his friend Jimmy Jennings jumped into the water after the two were stuck in traffic.
He told the outlet that the decision was made to run from one side of the bridge to the other and jump into the water.
The stunt resembled the antics of screen character Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, who jumped into a river from his shrimp boat in the Oscar-winning film.
On this occasion, the fall would be greater, because the bridge, which carries traffic from Baton Rouge and Lafayette, stands at 96 feet tall.
Jennings later told her friend she was in pain and that she was alive only because of her faith and help in providing rescuers.
Vaughan told KLFY: “It was a 100-foot jump. We know the area and are familiar with the water, but it’s not wise to do that.”
He later told the outlet that his friend had to break water for about three hours until help finally arrived.
Vaughan told WBRZ in an interview on Saturday: “We are familiar with the water [and the area], but I don’t think he was prepared for what came with it.
“He kicked in the water for about three hours and started to lose all strength.”
According to the outlet, Jennings was charged with criminal cruelty and criminal injection. Vaughan told KLFY that his friend learned his lesson and is in good shape.
News week contacted St. Martin’s Sheriff Patrol and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for comment.
Jennings is not the only person who has miraculously survived a massive fall.
2019, a woman in Canada somehow managed to survive a fall from 5000 feet voet after her parachute and backup failed during a skydiving.
According to Radio Canada, the woman crashed at a speed of at least 60 miles per hour (37 miles per hour).
He escaped with non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital after sustaining several fractures, including fractured vertebrae.
“It’s a miracle,” Denis Demers, who saw the woman fall from the sky, told Radio-Canada / CBC at the time. “I don’t know how anyone can survive a fall from a plane like that.”