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Novato Woman Jumps from Bridge to Elude CHP

Coast Guard rescues woman who leaped 20 feet from Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and swam almost two hours in the bay before nearly making it to Corte Madera shoreline.

A Novato woman was hospitalized early Sunday after she eluded law enforcement officers by jumping off the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and spending almost two hours in the waters of San Francisco Bay, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Kathryn Tynes, 30, was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard swimmer just before 4 a.m. and sent to Stanford Medical Center for treatment, said CHP Sgt. Marcus Bartholomew.

The CHP's pursuit of Tynes began at 1:59 a.m. when an officer saw a Ford Focus weaving on southbound Highway 101 near the Central San Rafael exit, Bartholomew said. Tynes initially yielded during a traffic stop at Bellam Boulevard, but then stepped on the gas and took off again, heading east on Interstate 580 toward the bridge.

With lights and siren blaring, the CHP unit pursued Tynes at high speed, Bartholomew said. Just before Tynes got to the incline section of the bridge, she pulled over to the right shoulder and stopped, got out of the car, ran to the south side of the bridge and jumped.

Bartholomew said it was about 20 feet from the bridge to the water at that part of the span.

CHP officers attempted to speak to the driver as she swam under the bridge roadway, but after several minutes, she began to swim in a southwest direction toward and the marshlands of Corte Madera. The CHP alerted the Coast Guard, a Tiburon Police boat, a commercial tugboat, San Rafael Police, Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies, San Quentin prison guard staff and additional CHP units.

At about 3:46 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter located Tynes in shallow, muddy water between the area of Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera and Paradise Cay, roughly 2.3 miles south of where she jumped off the bridge.

A Coast Guard swimmer was lowered from the helicopter and plucked Tynes from the bay. She was transported to Stanford Medical Center via the helicopter, and she was cited for obstructing peace officers, refusing to comply with police orders, driving with a suspended or revoked license and a probation violation, Bartholomew said.

Will Lamers August 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Marin General tried to get a helipad approved in the 80's, but it was shot down. Of all the counties in California, San Francisco and Marin are the only two without landing pads. Currently anyone air-lifted to MGH has to be flown to a nearby open area, such as Bacich School, and then transfered to an ambulance. I think that rather than urging MGH to consider putting in a landing pad, the local communities should be urged to consider allowing a heli-pad. According to the minutes of the Larkspur City Council meeting of 2/2/11, the MGH representative giving a presentation on the modernization of the hospital was asked if there were any plans to install a heli-pad, and he replied that there were not, beccause there was "...no community consensus to do so."
michelle August 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
haha, I don't think so Jerome...that was pretty stupid
Jane Gray August 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Colleen, I thank you for your reasonable and compassionate response. At first I'd thought she had jumped from the GG bridge,and expected to read about her death. She was fortunate to not get killed during this escape attempt. Try getting arrested in Marin Co. you may find out why she did what she did. I wish her the best in life.
Lou Judson August 27, 2012 at 05:25 PM
"Demon Drink" reduces modern humans to the oldest, most primitive, basic stupid creatures. Prohibition did not work, obviously, and common sense is no more prevalent than a hundered years ago. Sad, and disappointing comment on humanity. But then. in the glorious idealistic sixties, we thought that by now there would be no more wars. For all our "advanced" society, we are no better off than the 19th Century. Maybe worse... <sigh>
Jane Gray August 27, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Future Bridge Jumps?,have you read what the "California Dream Act" is?I see that it was put in the I J-Briefly-yesterday,Sun.,Aug.26 a tiny article about our Marin Co. Supervisors backing this"California Dream(or nightmare)ACT,depending how you SEE this Act?Read up if you will,it was tucked back on page A3 snugly,about how we are now inviting more illegals here actually,,, how we are going to Support the Alien Minors act. This means we not only will LOWER the cost for educating the illegals, we will reduce their fee's to educate them after their illegal parents bring them here, I did say BRING them here, illegal undocumented children,,,,,Supervisor STEVE KINSEY who proposed this "resolution" supporting this state (paid for by state taxes?)said this will send a strong message of acceptance and support TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF IMMIGRANTS,And I thought we had enough problems with gangs & "support" while cutting after school (free babysitting)programs this year for lack of funding?? Where will we find the money to make all of the old and new illegals feel accepted and wonderful to be here? I read a poster (on the bathroom wall no less) at our local clinic, announcing a meeting at the Canal Alliance---- to TEACH THE UNDOCUMENTED HOW TO GET A JOB ?).I personally think, knowing that so many of my Canal neighbors are living five to a one bedroom apt, and worse,who are having a struggle now, without encouraging more?We may see more than one tax payer jumping off our local bridges!!!

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