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Second Northbound GWB Jumper Dies During South Walk Fence Construction

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FORT LEE, N.J. -- Boats were in the Hudson River early Friday afternoon in the search for a man who jumped from the George Washington Bridge.

He was the second person to jump from that side of the bridge since construction began to install a suicide-prevention fence on the southbound side -- and the 13th person overall from the span this year, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo said.

Port Authority police received the report of a jumper from the northbound walkway just after 12:05 p.m., Joseph Pentangelo said.

The last jumper plunged to his death on Sept. 25, the day the construction project began.

The project, scheduled to be completed this year, is part of a $1.9 billion “Restore the George” restoration plan, the authority has said.

The south walk will be closed probably until around Christmas while a temporary fence is erected -- making it necessary to open the north side so that pedestrians and bicyclists on either side of the Hudson can get across.

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