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Investigators to continue search for possible bridge jumper in North Myrtle Beach

By Brad Dickerson
The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News

Emergency crews resumed their search Thursday morning for a man who might have jumped from the U.S. 17 bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach Wednesday night.

Pat Dowling, spokesman for North Myrtle Beach, said the city’s public safety dispatch got several complaints of a man standing on the peak of the bridge just after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Callers said he appeared to have one leg over the bridge like he was going to jump.

North Myrtle Beach public safety officials went to the bridge and reported seeing a man wearing a winter jacket, khaki shorts and no shoes standing on the south end, Dowling added. As officers turned around to drive south, they lost sight of the man and eventually found he was no longer on the bridge.

Several vehicles stopped, and drivers told officers they didn’t see the man jump but also didn’t see him walk off the bridge, Dowling said.

A search of the area began, but the man wasn’t found anywhere on land. A small boat operator near the Johnny Causey boat landing indicated he hadn’t seen anyone jump or fall from the bridge. His search also turned up nothing.

Two boats from the Horry County dive team were brought in and came up with nothing after searching until almost 11 p.m., Dowling said.

The Horry County dive team resumed the search at 9 a.m. Thursday, along with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

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