By Mike Rush
St. Louis (KSDK) - Rescuers searched for more than an hour Thursday night in the Mississippi River for a man reported to be in the water, but came back empty-handed. The Coast Guard will resume the search around 7:30 a.m. Friday.
Witnesses saw the man struggling in the water about two miles south of the Poplar Street Bridge.
Those witnesses were fisherman on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. They called authorities shortly before 8 p.m.
The St. Louis Fire Department launched boats and had other firefighters stationed along the bank as spotters.
Crews from Mehlville and Columbia, Illinois were also out there, but the search turned up nothing.
Before the emergency crews arrived, the fishermen tried to rescue the man.
Captain Dan Sutter with the St. Louis Fire Department said, "They attempted to throw a line to that person. He was unable to grasp it and continued to float south of that location. So, we believe this to be a credible report. We've launched two boats with the St. Louis Fire Department and Marine Unit Task Force."
Authorities don't know much about the person in the water, other than it was a man.
They don't know if he had been in a boat or on the bank. Authorities say the search would continue Friday morning.
Tuesday night, a tug boat worker drowned when he attempted to save some boaters who were in distress.