Police Climb Philly-NJ Bridge to Rescue Vandals

1 Philadelphia

Philadelphia News & Search

1 News - 1 eMovies - 1 eMusic - 1 eBooks - 1 Search

Two men looking to tag one of the iconic bridges connecting Philadelphia and South Jersey wound up being the focus of a rescue operation overnight.

Crews closed the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River for about 90 minutes early Tuesday after drivers reported seeing two men trying to spray-paint part of the bridge. As police worked to rescue the men, the unidentified would-be vandals got spooked atop the span, Philadelphia police said.

Delaware River Port Authority Police hooked themselves to the cable, carefully climbed the bridge and met the men on one of the 382-feet-tall towers, police said.

A boat on the river and crews on the bridge assisted in the rescue.

Police arrested the men and planned to charge them with trespassing and vandalism.

The bridge, built in 1922, is 8,300 feet long and about 135 feet above the river, according to the DRPA.

1 Philadelphia

Philadelphia News & Search

1 News - 1 eMovies - 1 eMusic - 1 eBooks - 1 Search


Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Facebooktwitterlinkedinrssyoutube

Leave a Reply