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Officials consider removing part of bridge after drownings

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Aug 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-19 15:40:00-04

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The National Park Service is mulling new safety measures after two recent drownings by people who jumped off a 101-year-old bridge into the Chattahoochee River.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports officials are considering removing beams on the Gwinnett County side of the bridge.

Bill Cox, superintendent of the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area, says Wednesday's death and one on July 30 are the first involving jumpers as far as he knows.

It's a 25-foot drop from the base of the bridge into the river, but some jumpers climb on top of the bridge, adding up to 20 feet to the plunge.

Cox says the bridge, built in 1916, is not intended for pedestrians. Officials believe removing the beams would keep people off since that's how most jumpers have accessed the structure.