EDGARTOWN – Search crews returned to the water on Tuesday around Jaws Bridge on Martha’s Vineyard, where 21-year-old Tavaughn Bulgin is
Four people jumped off the bridge on Sunday evening. The man’s 26-year-old brother, Tavaris Bulgin, was found dead on Monday morning; two others are unharmed.
The search was suspended before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday due to “bad weather which caused dangerous conditions”. Authorities say they cleared the entrance/pond side of the bridge without finding anything, but weather prevented them from continuing to search on the ocean side.
Weather conditions will determine when the search can resume and apassing Wednesday could bring strong waves to the area.
The State and Environmental Police use side-scan sonar to detect anything unusual in the water or on the ocean floor.
“If EPO’s sonar detects an anomaly, our Underwater Recovery Unit members will dive into it to determine what it is,” state police said. “The overall area they searched/researched is very large, encompassing both the entrance on the land side of the bridge and the ocean on the sea side.”
The Jamaican brothers were seasonal workers at Nomans Restaurant and lived in Oak Bluffs.
“We are saddened by everything that has happened. We just want to tell the public that we want your prayers for them. We hope we can put things together to get all the facts involved,” the spokesperson said. family, Reverend Rhoan. Parks told Television Jamaica.
Father Bulgins is a pastor at a church in their hometown.
“It is indeed very tragic for us. It is a loss for the church. It is a loss for the community and I would say a loss for the country. It is a very sad day for all of us,” Parks said.
The search for swimmers began late Sunday evening. The water depth below the bridge is approximately 15 feet. The Oak Bluffs Fire Chief told WBZ-TV’s Louisa Moller that the tide was rising at the time and was undoubtedly very fast.
Longtime family friend Omar George said the family believed Tavaughn had probably jumped first and started struggling.
“Tavaris, who is the ultimate big brother, was probably trying to save him. And both of them fell,” George said.
George described Tavaris and Tavaughn as “every parent’s dream son”.
Their mum and dad are building a house in Jamaica and I’m sure that’s why these boys came to work – to help their mum,” George said. “That’s the only consolation we have, whether it’s the two nicest kids.”
The bridge, officially named the American Legion Memorial Bridge according to state police, is on Beach Road and connects Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. It became a landmark after appearing in the hit 1975 film Jaws, which was shot at the vineyard.
Even as crews searched for the missing man on Monday, the youngsters continued to jump from the deck.
“I was surprised even after they finished blocking it that people came back to jump,” said Russell Bell, a summer resident of the island.