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Woman survives jump from Ledbetter Bridge

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MCCRACKEN CO. -- A woman is lucky to be alive, after jumping from the Ledbetter Bridge and into the Tennessee River.

Authorities were called to the bridge around 8:40 Thursday morning when Two Kentucky Department of Transportation Bridge Inspectors who were working on the structure of the bridge witnessed the woman falling into the water.

At the exact time of the call, McCracken sheriff's detective Brock Martin happened to be crossing the bridge and immediately saw a vehicle pulled off to the side of the bridge. 

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden and Deputy Tim Reed were able to get the sheriff's department's boat in the water at Paducah's riverfront within minutes of the call. Metropolis Police Chief Harry Massey also happened to be at the riverfront and was able to offer his assistance in the sheriff's boat.

The woman managed to stay afloat in the water and made it to the Livingston County side of the river. 

The two bridge inspectors stayed with the injured woman until officials in the boat arrived at 9:08 a.m.  The woman was distraught and in a lot of pain when officials got to her. She was taken to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

"This incident is believed to have been a suicide attempt, but thankfully she survived and will receive the help she needs." said Sheriff Jon Hayden.
 

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