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77-Year-Old Man Who Jumped In River Remains Missing

The search was ongoing as of Wednesday.

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The man who went missing in the Delaware River after jumping from the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge remained unaccounted for as of Wednesday morning.

New Jersey State Police Trooper Troy McNair told on Wednesday that the search was ongoing.

The jump occurred around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

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The jumper was a 77-year-old man from Ringoes, McNair said.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and police and fire companies from Bucks and Hunterdon counties responded and began searching the fog-covered river.

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The search involved boats from Bucks, Hunterdon, and Mercer counties, as well as divers from the Bucks County Special Response Team.

By afternoon, search efforts appeared to have slowed and the number of personnel on the scene had decreased.

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Search efforts went from the toll bridge and past New Hope Borough and the City of Lambertville. Radio transmissions indicated crews were on alert further down the river.

Bridge officials were stationed Tuesday on the toll bridge and free bridges and along the riverbanks to maintain a lookout for the man.

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Higher-than-typical river levels and fog added to the complexity of the search.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 9-8-8, 1-800-499-7455, 908-782-4357 (Hunterdon County), or 215-785-9765 (Bucks County).

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