Search Called Off Along Congaree River

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Search crews called off their search late Thursday for a man who apparently fell into the Congaree River.

Department of Natural Resources officials said there was too much flow coming off the river, creating a current that didn't allow divers to go to the bottom.

Columbia emergency officials say they got a 9-1-1 call around 10 a.m. of someone going over the bridge. Witnesses told police they heard a splash, and a fisherman saw someone struggling in the water.

Multiple law enforcement agencies then began searching the river by boat, and a helicopter and a plane were brought in to give an aerial perspective.

At this point, DNR officials say this is a recovery effort. Crews plan to return to the river Friday morning to continue looking for signs of the man.

SCE&G, which controls water flow into river, said they would lower the levels overnight, which should help investigators in their efforts.

Because of the search, the Gervais Street Bridge was shut down for almost four hours as crews looked in the immediate area for signs of the person. One lane of the nearby Blossom Street Bridge was also briefly closed.


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