Local Community Left Devastated After Body Found In SA River
South Australia Police have recovered the body of a man who disappeared in the Murray River after jumping off a 20-metre high bridge.
Emergency services had been searching for the 20-year-old man just after 11AM on Sunday. Police divers found the body around 3:40PM that day.
SA Police released the following statement:
Just after 11am this morning, friends of the man raised the alarm shortly after the 20-year-old man jumped from the Blanchetown Bridge into the Murray River and failed to resurface.
Police along with SES volunteers, Marine Safety Officers and locals on jets skis assisted in a search for the missing man.
Police divers from the Water Operations Unit were called to the scene, and just after 3.30pm the missing man's body was retrieved from the river.
Police are currently speaking with witnesses and will prepare a report for the State Coroner.
Murray Mallee superintendent James Blandford told news.com.au, the young man and his friends had spent the weekend in the Riverland and were on their way back to Adelaide when the incident occurred.
He urged people not to jump off bridges into water because “you don’t know what’s underneath (and) you don’t know how deep it is”.
“It’s particularly dangerous at the moment with the flows from the floods (because) there’s a very strong current and there’s snags and rubbish being blown down the river,” he said.
Our thoughts are with the man's family and friends during this difficult time.
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