News Feature

Verona Island
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 6, 2018
Brooklin man dies after jump from Penobscot Narrows Bridge

by Anne Berleant

On Friday, August 31, a 79- year-old Brooklin man died from injuries sustained after jumping off the Penobscot Narrows Bridge at 10:15 a.m., according to a Maine State Police press release. His body was recovered from the river, with assistance from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Maine Marine Patrol, the Bucksport Police Department and Bucksport Fire Department. His name was not released to the public.

At least eight suicides have occurred at the bridge since it opened in 2006, with a Sedgwick man also believed to have jumped in June 2017, after his car was found vacant and running on the bridge. His body was never found.

An emergency legislative bill to install a suicide prevention barrier failed in 2014. In 2015, MDOT installed four solar-powered crisis hotline phones, two on either side, on the bridge. The bridge, 2,120 feet long, connects Verona Island to Prospect.