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Two brothers are dead after jumping off ‘Jaws Bridge’ in Massachusetts

Tavaris and Tavaughn Bulgin, originally from Jamaica, were working for the summer at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, according to police.
Image: A rescue boat searches the area on Aug. 15, 2022.
A rescue boat searches the area on Aug. 15.Ray Ewing / Vineyard Gazette

Two brothers are dead after jumping off a Massachusetts bridge made famous by the 1975 blockbuster “Jaws,” according to police.

The body of one of the brothers, Tavaughn, 21, was found on Thursday on the western edge of Sengekontacket Pond, Massachusetts State Police said in a Facebook post. The body of Tavaris, 26, was found on Monday.

The brothers jumped from the bridge into the ocean with two other people as part of a tradition locals and tourists alike engage in, Massachusetts State Police Communications Director Dave Procopio told NBC News. The other two were able to swim to shore safely.

"The victims, brothers Tavaris and Tavaughn Bulgin, were from Jamaica and working for the summer at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard," police said.

The brothers went missing on Sunday night after jumping from the bridge featured in the background of several scenes in “Jaws,” the Steven Spielberg classic about a man-eating shark that takes place in the fictional New England community of Amity Island but was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard.

Finding Tavaughn's body ends a weeklong search for the brothers.

A boy jumps off "Jaws Bridge" on Martha’s Vineyard in 2012.
A boy jumps off "Jaws Bridge" on Martha’s Vineyard in 2012.Mario Tama / Getty Images file