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Man dies after jumping from Skyway, deputies say

ST. PETERSBURG — Rescuers recovered the body of a Bradenton man Wednesday morning after he jumped from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Mark Mason Esformes, 35, drove a 2004 Acura to the northbound center span of the bridge about 8:17 a.m., authorities said. He parked the car, got out and jumped over the rail.

A passing motorist saw Esformes jump and called the Florida Highway Patrol, deputies said.

Rescuers later recovered his body from the water below the bridge and took it to O'Neill's Marina in St. Petersburg, where it was turned over to the medical examiner's office, deputies said.

Man dies after jumping from Skyway, deputies say 12/05/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 9:38pm]
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