Man dies after falling into bay from 79th Street Causeway


Special to The Miami Herald

Miami police were investigating the Monday afternoon death of a man who fell from the 79th Street Causeway into Biscayne Bay.

A witness called police just before 5 p.m. to report that a man had fallen from the south side of the bridge, which connects Miami and North Bay Village.

The witness told police he did not know how the man fell, but that he was trying to swim to shore just after he plummeted into the water, said Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll.

“Could he have been intoxicated? Was he reaching out for something on the ledge?” Carroll said. “The only person that knows is, unfortunately, unable to tell us.”

Before fire-rescue arrived at the causeway, the witness flagged down two boats near the Pelican Harbor Marina. The boaters checked the area on rafts but did not find the man, who had already sunk under the water, the witness told police.

The Miami police dive team searched for the man for 25 minutes, found him and brought him ashore at the Pelican Harbor Marina, where paramedics were standing by. The man was given CPR, but died at the scene.

“Our efforts to save him failed because he had been in the water too long,” Carroll said.

No identification was found on the man. Fire-rescue described him as a black man in his late 30s. Police asked anyone else who might have seen the man before he fell to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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