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Search continues for overboard man in MS river

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After near 22 hours of searching a section of the Mississippi River in DeSoto County, Miss., for a man who fell overboard the night before, has been called off, a county sheriff spokesperson said.

The coordinated search effort with the Coast Guard, DeSoto County Sheriff and the county emergency services staff picked up at around dawn Thursday after they searched the river late the night before off the shore of Pickney, some 3.5 miles north where the man reportedly fell overboard into the river.

Upwards of 20 people have been combing the Mississippi River for nearly a day near the town of Walls, Miss., in search of the man, who is around 60 years of age, who fell into the river near Bass Landing.

"The river is on the rise,"said Jamie Roberson, Emergency Management Director for the Yazoo Mississippi Delta. "The water temperature is 39 degrees, so hypothermia is definitely a concern."

What started out as a search and rescue mission Wednesday evening, search crews said their mission Thursday morning turned into a rescue mission.

The area of the Mississippi River crews searched is between 80- and 90-feet deep. The river is flowing to the south between 8-10 mph.

The unidentified man who fell overboard Wednesday evening around 7 p.m. into the river was believed to wearing a life jacket. Thursday morning rescuers found a  life jacket but it did not belong the man.

Chief Bobby Story, Desoto County Emergency Services Director, said they received assistance from Tunica County. The Tunica County crews search both banks of the river.

In the 9 a.m. hour crews found a life jacket on the tugboat and are under the assumption that the man fell over into the 39-degree water without it.

About an hour later the county's emergency crews brought their search boats back to the shoreline near Wall, Miss.


FOX13 News reporters Sarah Bleau and Scott Madaus contributed to this report.
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