The Day – Norwich man transported to hospital after climbing over bridge handrail

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Norwich – Police and fire services were able to take a man to hospital on Saturday night after he climbed over the railings of the Water Street bridge, closing the bridge for three hours.

Police and firefighters were called to the bridge at 6:42 p.m. Saturday when the man had climbed over the railing and was standing on the edge of the bridge. Lt. John Perry of Norwich Police said on Sunday the man finally climbed back onto the bridge at 9.45pm and was taken to Backus Hospital for an emergency check-up.

The man stood on the concrete lip on the Shetucket River side of the handrail on the south side of the bridge, sometimes hinting that he could jump and sometimes that he could follow prompts to climb back.

Fire brigade lifeboats and a rope rescue team were positioned in the river under the bridge and on land near the bridge. Dozens of onlookers lined each end of the bridge.