ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A 54-year-old fisherman is missing after a fishing trip on the banks of the Mississippi north of downtown under the McKinley Railroad Bridge.
The man walked to a car to turn on the radio. The car was running and was somehow shifted into reverse. It drove into the river with the man inside.
One friend jumped in to try and save him. The would-be rescuer was saved by other fishermen when the car began to shift and sink in the muddy fast-moving water. The man who was in the car popped to the surface and floated down the river.
The search was complicated by low visibility in the water and floating debris.
"It becomes very difficult. Right now we’ve got a number of land-based units performing a search with binoculars and spotters from the bank. Then we’ve got the boats performing a search pattern from the south end moving North." said Capt. Dan Sutter of the St. Louis Fire Department.