A suicide note has been found that was written by a man who jumped to his death from a helicopter over the ocean near the Malibu Pier.
Authorities did not disclose any information about the contents of the note, but they worked to notify family members of the 42-year-old man who apparently jumped from a helicopter about a mile off the Malibu pier.
Witnesses at Surfrider beach and the Malibu Pier saw the chopper orbiting and the rescue operation Saturday afternoon. “That’s what alerted my attention when I saw it circling, going over the area a few times,” said Jefferson Wagner, in an interview with CBS2.
The pilot of a Robinson R-22 told sheriff’s detectives that his passenger climbed out of the cockpit, which had its side door removed for a photo shoot, according to broadcast reports.
The pilot reportedly put the chopper into a banking turn to use gravity to keep the man inside, in a futile attempt to prevent the suicide. The FAA said the pilot of the Robinson R22 helicopter reported that the man then jumped from the aircraft.
The plunge happened around 1:20 p.m. Saturday near the 2300 block of Pacific Coast Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
A suicide note was found, according to the sheriff’s department, which did not release its contents.
Lifeguards rushed to the Baywatch Malibu boat and then hurried to the victim, as the chopper hovered overhead.
They pulled the victim out of the water and brought him to land, where paramedics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man’s name was withheld pending notification of kin. CBS2 reported that the small helicopter had been chartered from Star Helicopters at Hawthorne Municipal Airport.
–City News Service
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