About an hour after the man was last seen above the water on Thursday, crews switched to extrication because too much time had passed for a successful rescue.
TOLEDO, Ohio – The search for the man who Toledo Fire and Rescue Department said he fell from the Anthony Wayne Bridge into the Maumee River shortly before 4 p.m. It ended shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday after about three and a half hours of searching failed to find anything.
Fire crews confirmed eyewitness reports that a man was in the water trying to swim to the east side after falling from the high bridge. It was seen going down and up several times before it was last seen underwater at 4:00 p.m.
Responding crews went into recovery mode just after 5 p.m. because “it was determined that too much time had passed for a successful rescue,” TFRD said in a news release Thursday evening.
The divers were pulled from the water after a recovery operation was called due to strong currents and dangerous conditions.
TFRD will determine whether to resume recovery efforts Friday morning, depending on weather conditions and the safety of search teams.
US Coast Guard crews from Station Toledo and Detroit Air Force Base assisted TFRD at the scene. The TFRD also engaged a drone in the search.
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