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Charges filed in 'cold water challenge' bridge jump

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A 19-year-old Coon Rapids man has now been formally charged with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct after he admitted to police that he jumped off a bridge into the Mississippi River, FOX 9 reports.

Joseph Mark Sanislo on Thursday leapt from the Highway 610 bridge in Brooklyn Park – one of the latest incidents in what police fear is a growing Internet trend. As part of the "Cold Water Challenge," people film dangerous jumps and share the video on social media.

On Thursday, authorities got a report about a bridge jumper and several agencies searched for Sanislo with boats, a helicopter and scuba divers. Sanislo had jumped with an unfastened life vest and swam safely to shore before police arrived.

The man who videotaped Sanislo’s jump has not been charged, the Star Tribune reports.

Law enforcement officers note that the stunts are particularly dangerous this time of year, when swollen rivers are fast, frigid and full of debris. The jumps also tax police resources.

“This individual engaged in risky behavior that put both his life and the lives of first responders in jeopardy. I strongly advise against participating in attention seeking stunts that waste valuable resources,” Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said last week.

In another Cold Water Challenge incident, investigators said Davis Paul Colley, 16, of Norwood Young America, drowned in a Carver County lake Friday night.

KSTP reported that Colley went underwater at about 7:30 p.m. Friday but never resurfaced. Witnesses called 911 after he disappeared. Colley’s body was recovered from Eagle Lake at about 11 p.m. Friday.

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