MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Rescue crews have ended the search that began Thursday morning after receiving a report that a man may have jumped from the Highway 17 bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway Wednesday night.
"The search has ended for a man who may have jumped from the Hwy 17 bridge last night. No one has been found, no missing person report has been filed. Unless other information is forthcoming, the incident has been logged as being unfounded," reports City of North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.
At about 8 p.m. Wednesday, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Dispatch received several calls about a man on the peak of the Highway 17 bridge spanning the Waterway between North Myrtle Beach and Little River, city officials stated. The calls reported the man appeared to have one leg over the bridge as it he was going to jump.
Public Safety Officers responded and saw a white man wearing a winter jacket, khaki shorts, and no shoes on the southbound side of the bridge, officials stated in a news release. As officers turned around to head south to get to him, they lost sight of him. Officers searched the bridge, but could not find him.
Officers and a small boat operator searched on land and on both sides of the Waterway, but did not find anything, according to officials. A Horry County boat and dive team responded with two boats, but could not find any irregularities with a visual and sonar search.
Horry County Police was notified, but had not located a possible vehicle and had not received a missing person report.
The boat and dive team from the SC Department of Natural Resources resumed searching at about 9 a.m. Thursday morning and the search concluded in the early afternoon.