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Man hospitalized after 165-foot jump from High Bridge

A Roseville, Minn., survived a jump from the Arcola High Bridge in rural Somerset Tuesday night. Submitted photo

A Minnesota man was hospitalized Tuesday night after he jumped from the Arcola High Bridge in rural Somerset.

St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said the man, a 22-year-old Roseville resident, survived the 165-foot fall, and was rescued by authorities before being airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Knudson said a deputy responded to a 911 hang-up call from the area and found a parked car, the registration from which matched the name on the caller’s outgoing voice message. The deputy went to the bridge and saw a man on it.

The man jumped after the officer identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy.

Knudson said the man landed on a river bank. The deputy scaled the steep, rocky descent and reached the man, where he was able to talk to him.

Since the terrain prohibited Wisconsin authorities from accessing the area, Washington County Sheriff’s Office water patrol officers reached the man from the Minnesota side, where a medical helicopter later arrived and flew the man to Regions.

Knudson said the man, who sustained extensive injuries, was in a hospital recovery unit as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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