JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A bridge inspector fell from the Dames Point Bridge, and three others had to be rescued while hanging over the side of the bridge.
The drama happened on May 15, 1989. The new bridge had just opened to traffic two months earlier.
The four inspectors set out to look at the bridge while standing in a bucket at the end of a hydraulic arm. The arm broke and the bucket tipped over.
The crew found themselves hanging by a thread 30 feet below the bridge.
Robert Farley fell 140 feet below into the St. Johns River. He suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Crews first pulled Bruce Boyles to solid ground. He fell out of the bucket and spent more than an hour hanging on to the end of his lifeline.
Jacksonville Fire & Rescue then hoisted the two other workers, Kim Brooks and Sam Martin, to safety.
One report is on the day of the incident.
The second report by Channel 12 reporter Al Rothstein looked into the possibility of safety violations.
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