Jimmy Jennings is lucky to be alive after plunging 100ft into alligator-infested waters
A ‘bored’ 26-year-old man jumped off a 100ft bridge into alligator-infested waters to escape feeling restless in traffic.
Jimmy Ivan Jennings from Louisiana, USA, plunged into the Atchafalaya River with the foolish explanation of, “we were bored inside the truck... I looked down at the water, and it didn’t seem too far.”
The jaw-dropping video shows Jimmy taking a run-up to the bridge before leaping over to a 100ft drop. Friends are heard laughing in the background as he launched himself into the river.
“I started going under and drowned a few times”, Jimmy said Facebook
He told the Daily News about the excruciating pain he felt after he hit the water and pleaded God for forgiveness.
“I really and truly thought it was the end of my time. I asked God for forgiveness. I forgave everyone in my life. It was hectic” he said.
Jimmy was swimming in the alligator-infested waters for around three hours Facebook
According to St Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jimmy was cited for criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.
A Louisiana woman - who claims to be Jimmy’s mother - took to Facebook on Wednesday to address the incident: “I have something to say to everyone that is messaging me about my son Jimmy Jennings jumping over the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge”, she said - before elaborating in a lengthy statement.
“As his mother I don’t find anything funny at all about what he did nor believe that it was a heroic act as some people are stating on Facebook...
“The fact that (So Called Friends of his) were there with him filming the whole thing and laughing about it, and started posting it turns my stomach!”
Jimmy’s mother had a lot to say about the incident Facebook
Rachelle Gallet addressed her disappointment in Jimmy’s friends who apparently circulated the video and left him alone in the river. She is concerned that viral video could encourage someone else to do the same.
“My FEAR at this point is that someone else’s child/young adult will see his video and hear about how it went Viral so fast and decide to do it too!” she added.