610 bridge jumper charged for 'Cold Water Challenge' stunt - KMSP-TV

610 bridge jumper charged for 'Cold Water Challenge' stunt

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Still frame taken from the video of the 610 bridge jump Still frame taken from the video of the 610 bridge jump
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (KMSP) -

The 19-year-old Coon Rapids man who was filmed jumping from the 610 West River Bridge in Brooklyn Park and into the Mississippi River last Thursday is now facing disorderly conduct charges.

The sheriff didn't mince words when voicing his disappointment that emergency personnel had been summoned to the scene of a stunt last week.

“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.

Now, prosecutors are sending a message of their own. On Monday, Joseph Mark Sanislo was charged with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct after he admitted to police that he was participating in the "Cold Water Challenge."

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The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office joined a growing number of agencies that strongly discourage taking part in the so-called challenge, a popular trend that involves jumping into a cold body of water and filming it for social media.

"The "Cold Water Challenge" has been linked to several injuries nationwide. While the risk of injury and death are certainly the most important reasons that people are urged not to engage in dangerous stunts, there are also other public safety concerns," a press release from the agency read in part.

Just days after Sanislo's jump, friends of 16-year-old Davis Colley confirmed he drowned in Eagle Lake after he was nominated to do the Cold Water Challenge



Davis Colley, 16


In Sanislo's case, investigators say several witnesses were alarmed and disturbed by the sight, prompting two to call 911 about a possible suicide and therefore calling the following agencies to respond:

- Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
- Brooklyn Park Police Department
- Brooklyn Park Fire Department
- Fridley Fire Department
- Coon Rapids Fire Department
- Minnesota State Patrol

A number of specialized resources were also deployed, including boats, a helicopter and scuba divers.

"First responders routinely put their lives on the line to rescue people from cold water and other hazardous locations,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “We don’t want first responders to be put into harm’s way needlessly. These situations are entirely preventable.”

The disorderly conduct charge Sanislo faces carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

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