FARGO — A man who jumped off a downtown Red River bridge is apparently safe.
Just after 8 p.m Tuesday night, Sept. 17, a bystander reportedly told authorities a man either jumped or fell off the Center Avenue bridge. A second witness told Fargo police that he also saw the man jump off the Center Avenue bridge, but then saw him get out of the water, run up the river bank and get into a vehicle. Another person was filming the incident, police were told.
The first bystander reported that he saw the man jump off the bridge at about 6 p.m. and said he didn't see him come up out of the water.
Assistant Moorhead Fire Chief Garry Larsen said the information from the second witness came just before divers with the Valley Water Rescue team were going into the water to join the search, just after 8 p.m. At that time, authorities said they were in a recovery mode as they thought the man was "hung up" in the water near the bridge.
Earlier in the night, Fargo and Moorhead police and fire departments were seen combing the Red River banks near the bridge and downstream. Shortly afterwards, water rescue boats arrived on the fast-moving river looking for the man.
Moorhead Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Wallin had said just after 7 p.m. that it was possible the man may have climbed out of the water and is safe, which turned out to be true.
Three boats equipped with sonar and a drone were on the scene, along with the divers, to help with the search.
Moorhead Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Wallin spoke with reporters on scene earlier in the night: