New York State Police helicopter flies above the Hudson River by the Peekskill waterfront. (Photo: Riccardo Suarez)
New York State Police helicopter flies above the Hudson River by the Peekskill waterfront. (Photo: Riccardo Suarez)

The male who jumped to his death from the Bear Mountain Bridge Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Michael R. Hirsch, 67, of New City, according to state police.

As first reported by The Peekskill Post, a male, later identified as Hirsch, jumped from the bridge at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. Officials, however, did not see the video of him jumping until after 5 p.m., when search and rescue operations then got underway (5:42 p.m.).

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When asked why a jumper caught on video around 2:15 p.m. was not noticed until several hours later, a source said the following:

“Troopers normally find a subject’s vehicle on the bridge and then replay the tapes. If nobody saw the person jump, it could take hours until they find out.”

 

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