Missouri and Coast Guard officials search for man who jumped into Miss. River
Missouri and U.S. Coast Guard officials are conducting an investigation and search of a person that jumped off of the Caruthersville Bridge (I-155) and into the Mississippi River on Thursday.
The Pemiscot County (Mo.) Sheriff's Department is leading the search and would only confirm a person did jump off of the bridge on Thursday, but would not provide any details.
At around 4:30 p.m., a United Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River official in Memphis, Tenn. stated they received the call of a possible jumper at approximately 12:50 p.m. from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Dept. The person that reportedly jumped into the river is described as a white male wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.
The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine broadcast on marine Channel 16 alerting boaters to be on the lookout for the man.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box stated he and other officers initially responded to the jump after it occurred, but it was later determined the case would be inside the Missouri state line on the bridge.
At approximately 4: 15 p.m., Coast Guard officials were said to still be on the scene with the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Dept. as part of the search for the man. According to Pemiscot Capt. Ryan Holder, this is the second time within the last month that a person has jumped off of the bridge. The previous jump occurred around the first week of April and was done by a female that had reportedly jumped once before. Holder says the female did not survive the second jump.