Mass State Police resume search for missing swimmer

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (WLNE) — Massachusetts State Police have resumed its search for a missing swimmer near Jaws Bridge on Martha’s Vineyard. The two men went missing late Sunday night after jumping off the bridge that connects Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.

Massachusetts Environmental Police have joined in on the search for the two brothers, identified as 26-year-old Tavaris Bulgin, and 21-year-old Tavaughn Bulgin. The two were brothers and working at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard for the summer.

A dive team found the body of the 26-year-old at about 9 a.m. Monday. Rescue crews returned to the waters off the coast Tuesday morning with a sidecan sonar device. The sonar device uses sound waves to detect objects on the ocean floor, in hopes of finding the missing 21-year-old brother.

According to Mass State Police, the area they are searching is very large and encompasses both the inlet on the land side of the bridge and the ocean on the seaward side.

Officials from Dukes County Beach Management told ABC6 the ‘Jaws Bridge’ is still open, and people were jumping off the bridge Monday.

“Stuff like this can happen and I think this is a sign to follow the rules a bit more,” said Lucas Rodrigues, who just returned from Martha’s Vineyard.

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