A Costa Mesa man was arrested Friday on suspicion of jumping from the Lido Bridge in Newport Beach last month onto a passing Duffy boat, injuring a 64-year-old woman, authorities said.
A video that allegedly shows the July 24 jump from the bridge, which connects Lido Isle to the Balboa Peninsula, was posted on YouTube and had been viewed nearly 59,000 times as of Friday.
Authorities said the man swam away after he landed on the boat’s canopy. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation in an effort to find the jumper, said Jaimee Blashaw, a spokeswoman for the department.
The incident caused an estimated $10,500 in damage to the electric vessel, Blashaw said.
Authorities initially said both people aboard the boat were injured, but on Friday they clarified that one person was hurt. The extent of the woman’s injuries isn’t clear.
Cody Green, 27, was arrested outside his home at 12:15 p.m. Friday on suspicion of assault and felony vandalism, Blashaw said.
Authorities said they connected Green to the incident through social media.
Jumping off bridges and piers in Newport Beach has been against city law since 1954, but it doesn’t stop people from taking the plunge.
In response to the incident — and to what Newport Beach officials call “increased activity” in the area — city lifeguards will be posted on the bridge and the adjacent beach area daily through Labor Day. Lifeguards also are using their patrol boat to monitor the area from the water.