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Man ‘Bored In Traffic’ Arrested After Leaping 100ft Into River Full Of Alligators

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Man ‘Bored In Traffic’ Arrested After Leaping 100ft Into River Full Of Alligators

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A man from Louisiana jumped into alligator-infested waters because he was bored sitting in a traffic jam. Watch footage of the video below:


As shown in the video, Jimmy Ivan Jennings, 26, dived into the river near interstate 10. Yet he was unaware that the waters were filled with alligators whilst struggling to swim against the current.

Jennings was forced to stay in the water for three hours as there were no apparent signs of a rescue boat out to find him.

Eventually, he managed to swim back to shore of a small island before reaching the mainland where authorities could get to him.

Writing on Facebook, he said: "I was just high on life. Everything was going my way and I've seen people do it before only I remembered after I jumped that was in movies."

Jimmy bored in traffic decided to jump in river. Credit - Facebook.
Jimmy bored in traffic decided to jump in river. Credit - Facebook.

"Once I hit the water, my mouth busted open and I hurt my left arm. I tried to swim to the shore, but the current was too strong."

After being placed in handcuffs, St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office later issued that Jennings was cited for criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.

Paramedics were ordered at the scene to check that Jennings health was still intact.

Speaking with the Daily News, he soon realised how lucky he is to be alive.

Jimmy said: "I started going under and almost drowned a few times. I really and truly thought it was the end of my time. I asked God for forgiveness. I forgave everyone in my life. It was hectic."

He said that he was caught in a traffic for over two hours because of multiple car collisions.

Whilst sitting in his friend's car at the time, his plan was, in order to pass the time, to jump the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge and then swim to shore to get back in the car.

"We were bored inside the truck... I looked down at the water, and it didn't seem too far. As soon as my fingertips came off that side, I was like, "Oh my god, this was the stupidest idea."

Jimmy's friend, Khory Vaughan, that recorded the stunt told WBRS that he didn't expect the incident to play out like it did.

"We are familiar with the water and the area, but I don't think he was prepared for what came with it."

Words By: Anish Vij

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