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Authorities plead with teens to stop jumping from Texas bridges

UPI News Service, 08/02/2017 

Authorities in a Texas county are pleading with local teens to stop jumping off bridges after at least five incidents were caught on camera.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said teenagers in The Woodlands have been filmed jumping from bridges into Lake Woodlands five times since January.

Neighbors said there have been more incidents than the sheriff's office knows.

"There was about 10 of them out there doing it," neighbor Nancy Miles told KHOU-TV.

The sheriff's office said there haven't been any injuries yet, but they believe it's only a matter of time.

"It's fun until you hit that water wrong and you break a bone, or you pass out, or you drown and all that fun is gone," MCSO Capt. Bryan Carlisle told KTRK-TV.

"This is truly dangerous behavior. You don't know how deep the water is, you don't know what's down there. Those are construction areas so you don't know what sort of debris," Carlisle said.

The sheriff's office put up gates on some bridges along with signs reading, "No diving. No swimming."

Patrols are also being increased around bridges in the hopes of deterring the behavior or catching teens in the act.

"If we see you in the water we're pulling you out," Carlisle said. "And we're getting parents there or we're sending you on your way."

He encouraged teens to find other ways to spend their summers.

"Go play XBOX or go to your swimming pool and jump off a diving board. This is just not what you should be doing," Carlisle said.

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