Thousands of people were in Annapolis this weekend for the Whitbread Round the World Race, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk and other festivities, but only a few injuries were reported -- among them an apparent suicide attempt, authorities said.
At 1 p.m., before the Whitbread race restarted, a 17-year-old girl from Severna Park drove a van onto the three-lane westbound span of the Bay Bridge, which was not closed for the walk, which was on the older two-lane section. She stopped the vehicle and leaped over a railing in an apparent suicide attempt, said Capt. Norman Boskind of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
She fell about 100 feet, broke her ribs and suffered internal injuries. She paddled to a nearby boat, where a recreational boater on one of a swarm of boats waiting to send off the Whitbread yachts pulled her from the water. A Coast Guard boat TTC took her to shore, and she was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and was expected to survive, said Lori Vidal, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources.
There were also other incidents. At the end of the 10-kilometer race over the bridge before the yacht race started, a 39-year-old man crossed the finish line and suffered a heart attack.
His heart stopped, but paramedics were able to restart it, said Battalion Chief John Scholz of the Anne Arundel County EMS Fire Rescue. He was taken to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, where he was in stable condition yesterday.
Eight people had to be hospitalized during the day's events, an average number for the annual Bay Bridge walk, Scholz said. They suffered from dehydration, breathing problems and a knee injury.
Pub Date: 5/04/98