Divers call off Murray River search near George Chaffey Bridge

Police divers search at the base of the Geroge Chaffey bridge on Monday. Picture: Ben Gross

Police divers search at the base of the Geroge Chaffey bridge on Monday. Picture: Ben Gross

A POLICE search to find a young man who jumped from the George Chaffey Bridge on Saturday night has been suspended.

New South Wales police divers scoured a 60m area of the river from 8am until late Monday afternoon, with all search areas now exhausted.

Dareton police Sergeant Wayne Demery said emergency services were called to the bridge on Saturday night following a report from a member of the public just after 9.30pm. 

“A witness was driving over the bridge when they saw a man on the outside of the railing,” Sgt Demery said.

“The driver stopped and had a very brief conversation and then he jumped.”

Divers were flown from Sydney to Mildura in a police fixed wing airplane to assist NSW Police, Victoria Police and SES personnel begin searching the section of river before it was called off until the following day due to poor visibility.

The search of the Murray River resumed about 3.30pm on Sunday and carried through until 7pm but to no avail.

Sgt Demery said four police divers once again took to the water about 8am Monday to scour a perimeter around the bridge however the search came to an end in the late afternoon without any sign of man who is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a pale complexion, 160cm to 170cm tall and of a thin build.

He was wearing a black puffer jacket, dark coloured tracksuit pants and a black and red Hurley baseball cap when he was last seen jumping into the river.

Sgt Demery urged anyone with dashcam footage travelling in the vicinity of the bridge between 9.30pm and 9.50pm on Saturday night, to contact NSW or Victoria police to help identify the man.

Alternatively, anyone who holds concerns about a missing person should report it to police..

Information can be reported to Dareton police on 5027 7599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Investigations into the incident continue.

If you or someone you know needs help, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 131 114

This story appears in Tuesday's Sunraysia Daily 11-6-2019. To subscribe to our Digital Edition Click here

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