Story at a glance

  • A Louisiana man was so bored sitting in traffic that he lept off a 100-foot bridge.
  • Instead of being able to quickly swim to shore and walk back to the car as he planned, he injured himself and was quickly caught in the current.
  • When he ultimately made it back to land hours later, authorities cited him with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.

A Louisiana man was so bored sitting in traffic that he leapt off a 100-foot bridge.

Jimmy Ivan Jennings, 26, was stuck in standstill traffic with some friends for more than two hours due to a multi-car collision, when he decided to jump off the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge as a joke to kill some time. 

“We were bored inside the truck. ... I looked down (at the water), and it didn’t seem too far,” Jennings told the NY Daily News. “As soon as my fingertips came off that side, I was like, ‘Oh my god, this was the stupidest idea.’”

Instead of being able to quickly swim to shore and walk back up to the car as he planned, Jennings injured himself and was quickly caught in the current.


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“Once I hit the water, my mouth busted open and I hurt my left arm. I tried to swim to the shore, but the current was too strong,” he said, adding, “An hour and a half in, I was so tired of swimming. My left arm went out. I turned onto my back and would push with my right hand and my legs whenever I went under. I was praying the entire time.”

Jennings eventually made it to land where he found an ATV and realized after trying to ride it around that he was on an island. He later stumbled upon a house, but no one was home, and a boat, which he took back to the other shore.

Authorities had set out to try to locate Jennings, ultimately finding him when he finally made it back to land. After having an ambulance evaluate him for injuries, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office cited Jennings for criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, according to ABC13.

“It was crazy to do what I did,” Jennings said, adding, “I don’t even want to swim anymore.”


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Published on Jul 15, 2021