Woman jumps off Rickenbacker Causeway on a dare

A 22-year-old woman jumped 50 feet off the Rickenbacker Causeway’s William Powell Bridge Sunday evening, possibly after being dared to do so by friends, and landed on her back, police said.

A Miami Fire Rescue dive team brought her to paramedics waiting near the bridge. She was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and was in stable condition, said Lt. Ignatius Carroll, a fire-rescue spokesman.

A snorkeler in the area told fire rescue officials that he saw the woman leap off the bridge about 6 p.m. and struggle in the water after she surfaced. He said he swam over to her.

According to Carroll, witnesses said they heard people encouraging her jump.

“She landed on her back,” Carroll said. “She was talking to us and was stable, but we didn’t want to take any chances on her condition.”

Officials said they did not consider the jump a suicide attempt.

A previous version of this article listed an incorrect title for Lt. Ignatius Carroll.

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