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Man dies after plummeting from crane in Jacksonville Beach

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Tennessee man died Friday after plummeting several stories from a crane stationed near the Jacksonville Beach Pier.

According to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, it appears the man scaled the construction crane at the base of the pier and then intentionally leapt from the top of the structure as officers negotiated with him.

It’s unclear whether the 23-year-old man landed on the ground or in the water. Police said the man died of his injuries on the way to an area hospital. His next of kin has been notified.

As a policy, News4Jax does not typically report on suicides or attempts. The decision was made to do so in this case because of the highly public nature of the incident, which was captured on video posted to social media.

There are resources available for those dealing with suicidal thoughts. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

About the Author:

A Florida transplant with Midwest roots, Garrett Pelican is the digital executive producer for News4Jax.