The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body of a 35-year-old man who jumped from the Sunshine Skyway this morning, an official with the agency said
The search began at 8:17 a.m. after the Florida Highway Patrol received a report of a 2004 Acura stopped near the top of the span. A witness said they saw the driver exit the vehicle and jump over the rail.
The body of Mark Mason Esformes of Bradenton was recovered from the water by the Coast Guard, then was turned over to the medical examiner's office.
The bridge takes traffic across Tampa Bay between Pinellas and Manatee counties.