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Video: Bridge worker falls over 150 feet and survives, breaking half his ribs and fracturing his face
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Video: Bridge worker falls over 150 feet and survives, breaking half his ribs and fracturing his face

A man working on the Ambassador Bridge between Michigan and Canada survived a 152-foot drop into the Detroit River, after plummeting while replacing suspension cables, according to the Daily Mail.

The 27-year-old man named Spencer Baker survived the incredible fall, but broke all of the ribs on his left side and also fractured his right cheekbone. His "whole body is purple" according to reports, which also said the impact tore his clothes off.

Baker was rescued by a marine loading company called JW Westcott, which routinely does man-overboard drills and responded to the fall.

"The force of the impact had ripped most of his clothes off of him," said Sam Buchanan, captain of the JW Westcott boat.

"His work boots were still on him and his pants were around his ankles and he had his T-shirt on," Buchanan told Fox 2 Detroit. "We scrambled out to our boat and we got aboard — myself and two crew members, and with the help of the folks in the park, they were pointing to where the man was," he added.

Baker, who reportedly would not go into details about what caused his fall, told CTV News that he was "just thinking this is it, man, my life is over. ... I'm never going to see my daughter again. My fiancée. My whole life flashed before my eyes."

"I remember being in the water and trying to keep my head up, on my back," Baker continued. "And then I just remember hearing the people on the boat saying 'we're coming, we're coming.'"

Surveillance video of the fall was captured by JW Westcott security cameras, with witnesses pictured alerting the company after the man plummeted.

One of the witnesses was a woman named Bernita Flowers, who shockingly had lost her partner in 1994 after he drowned in the same river. "It brought back a few memories — yes, it did," Flowers told outlet WXYZ.

Their daughter, Terri George, was also a witness. "For that to happen, it resurfaced everything I thought I was over," George recalled. "It shocked me so bad. I couldn't believe it was happening in front of my own eyes," she added.

Baker will likely be off work for months and worried that he needs to provide for his family. As such, a GoFundMe page was set up for the family and has surpassed $10,000.

"I feel very, very fortunate," Baker said. "I'm so thankful for all the people that ran to help me, rescue me," he added.

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