15-year-old missing on Coosa River; Search suspended until Thursday

15-year-old missing on Coosa River; Search suspended until Thursday
Wetumpka Fire Chief Greg Willis confirmed crews began searching Wednesday afternoon on the Coosa River just north of Bibb Graves Bridge for a 15-year-old missing male. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Wetumpka Fire Chief Greg Willis confirmed crews began searching Wednesday afternoon on the Coosa River just north of Bibb Graves Bridge for a 15-year-old missing male. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Swift Water Rescue Crews were engaged in a river rescue operation in Wetumpka, Wetumpka Fire Chief Greg Willis confirmed.

Willis confirmed crews began searching Wednesday afternoon on the Coosa River just north of Bibb Graves Bridge for a 15-year-old missing male.

Wetumpka Police Department Capt. Robert Sliwowski said the department was notified about the incident around 4:30 p.m. He said local and state agencies responded and dive teams searched for around two hours, but could not find the body.

The search was called off Wednesday due to a lack of light.

"Allegedly, he came here with four... there was a total of four friends that came here swimming. One of the children ran up here to the police department to notify us that he had been missing," said Sliwowski.

Sliwowski noted that the stream is extremely fast right now.

"We've been told, I guess, Alabama Power has been draining a lot of water from Jordan dam and it's raised the river extremely high," he said.

"What the witness said is that he wasn't out that far and he was walking on the sandbar but the actual water pulled him off his feet and the last he seen he was struggling and went under and that's when he run over to us and let us know her was missing," Sliwowski said.

The Montgomery Fire and Rescue Dive Team also assisted in the rescue effort.

Sliwowski said the search will resume Thursday morning at approximately 8 a.m.

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