Search for man seen jumping off bridge called off

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - The search for a man witnesses said jumped off the Meighan Bridge has been called off.

James Miller, captain of the Etowah County Rescue Squad, said about 40 members of rescue squads from the area searched for the man from 2 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

At least three witnesses reported to police about 12:40 a.m. they saw a man jump.

Miller said eight boats were used in the efforts to find the man. Crews dragged for a body, and divers and an underwater camera were used.

Gadsden Police Sgt. Mark Henderson said officials believe the man did jump, and it is now believed he survived and possibly swam to shore.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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