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 citys 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 didnt see the man jump but also didnt see him walk off the bridge, Dowling said.
A search of the area began, but the man wasnt found anywhere on land. A small boat operator near the Johnny Causey boat landing indicated he hadnt 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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