ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Rescue crews come up empty this morning after an extensive search of the Mississippi River from the downtown area to the South. They were looking for a man seen struggling in the river last night. Three rescue boats launched about 8:15am this morning. A couple of hours later, all of the boats were back in after finding nothing.
Two boats from the St. Louis fire department and one from the coast guard searched the Mississippi for the man this morning. Crews searched an area from the Poplar Street Bridge to the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. A group of fishermen spotted the man struggling in the river about two miles south of downtown last night around 7:45pm. They tried to throw a line to him but that didn`t work. Those fishermen told authorities the man was African American about 40 to 55 years old.
City fire crews searched the river for a while last night but turned up nothing.
This morning crews looked on the banks and also under barges, sonar equipment was helping them out. It is still a mystery how the man ended up in the river.
At this point, authorities also don`t know his identity. A coast guard official says their normal patrol boat will continue to the look for the man.
Barges and other industry boats have also been alerted to keep an eye out.
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