Man missing after jumping off railroad bridge while swimming in Ann Arbor

Posted at 5:41 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 17:41:19-04

Officials with Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office say a man jumped off a railroad bridge for a swim in Ann Arbor.

It happened this morning at Argo Park. The location is considered a spot for adrenaline junkies.

After the 35-year-old man jumped, he resurfaced for a moment, but went under again and that’s when a friend who saw it happen called 911.

Officials do not believe this was a suicide attempt.

We talked to someone who says it’s pretty common to see daredevils jumping off the railroad bridge during the summer.

“Yeah, I give water respect. I don’t mess around with it like that,” said Winston Blackman.

Ever since Blackman was a child, he’s always noticed swimmers jumping off the railroad bridge into the water at Argo Park.

He rides his bike at the park often and just last night he saw a group of men and woman doing what some would call daredevil jumps.

After this morning’s swimmer went missing, the county dive team came out to the scene to search for the man.

There are no trespassing signs around the railroad tracks but doesn’t seem to stop jumpers.

We asked Blackman if it seems scary.

“Oh it is, it is,” he said. “It is pretty high up there.”

The international travel website Voyage Nation mentions this spot as a place for “adrenaline junkies” calling the 50-60 foot freefall jump “amazing”

We asked Ann Arbor Police about the article and they plan on requesting the site to take it down, because it is illegal to trespass on the bridge.

Winston hopes swimmers take heed.

“During the summer, everyday, just about. It’s like a game they play.”