A Dorchester man who jumped from the Massachusetts Avenue bridge into the Charles River was trying to save a despondent childhood friend, according to the man's wife and authorities.
The 27-year-old Dorchester man survived his rescue attempt, but the friend – a 28-year-old Hyde Park man – did not, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office. No foul play is alleged and no charges have been filed in the incident, prosecutors said.
In a telephone interview, the wife of the Dorchester man said her husband was part of an impromptu rescue effort. She said her husband, the Hyde Park man, and a third man were friends from childhood. On Tuesday night, her husband was summoned to the bridge by the third man.
The Hyde Park man jumped into the Charles, followed by her husband.
"He said he didn't think about it,'' the wife said, who spoke with her husband following his rescue. "He just went in to save his friend. ... He's his best friend since they were 14 years old. … He's like family to my husband.''
Rescuers were called to the bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge, about 11 p.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.
State Police troopers threw their cruiser's spare tire into the water, providing a makeshift flotation device for the Dorchester man. He was pulled from the water and taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital for evaluation.
About an hour later, the body of the other man was recovered by the State Police Marine Section and Cambridge Fire Department. He was brought to a nearby boat landing where emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead. An autopsy was slated for today, prosecutors said.
The Dorchester man's wife said her husband was released from the hospital and spent most of today with the family of his now-deceased friend. Her husband is grief stricken as is the man's family.
"I don't know what I would have done if I was there,'' she said, adding, "but we can always tell him, 'You did jump in.' ''
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