|Updated: 4/27/2012 10:01 am
||Published: 4/25/2012 1:10 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The search for a teenager who jumped off the I-430 bridge and into the Arkansas River Wednesday afternoon resumed Friday morning as part of a recovery operation.
According to Lt. Carl Minden of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, the search will continue until dark, and will resume Friday morning if the boy is not found. Rescue Crews from the Little Rock Fire Department along with Arkansas Game and Fish have assisted in the search today. The Johnson and Pope County Water Rescue team brought a remote operated vehicle which can be tethered to a boat and used to search under water.
Witnesses say a 13-year-old was possibly traveling in a car with relatives Wednesday around 12pm, before getting out and jumping. Witnesses say the boy tried to swim to a bridge pylon, but couldn’t hold on.
Wednesday's search lasted about 5 hours with crews focusing their search around the pylon, which sits in about 6 to 10 feet of water. Crews resumed the search again around 7:00 am Thursday morning and again on Friday morning.
The boy's name has not yet been released.