“We appreciate all the rescue workers and everyone involved,” said Kenny Caldwell.
Caldwell identified the person rescue workers are searching for as his son, Tywone Caldwell, of Talladega.
“Please keep praying for the Caldwell family and for the people searching,” he said.
St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles confirmed that Tywone Caldwell was reported to the department as having jumped from the Stemley Bridge early Saturday morning. There is an ongoing investigation into the incident.
Surles said it is 55 feet 3 inches from the top rail of Stemley Bridge to the water.
Springville Fire Chief Richard Harvey, who was helping coordinate the search Tuesday, said assisting agencies have essentially searched from shore-to-shore to about 200 yards down from the bridge.
“We have done an air and top water search downriver about half a mile,” he said.
Harvey said searchers worked to drag the river bottom and divers with Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue were diving in an area where cadaver dogs indicated near pylons 4 and 5.
“We had about 10 boats and about 50 people searching Tuesday,” he said. “Sunday, there were about 14-15 boats and about 80 searchers. We are contacting additional agencies as needed.”
Harvey said Alabama Power Company stopped the turbines Sunday and also on Tuesday while the divers were searching.
“We have had excellent cooperation from Alabama Power Company,” he said.
Harvey said Calhoun County was assisting to patch communications together from the 5-6 counties with personnel assisting in the search.
“It is a good cooperative effort,” he said.
Harvey said agencies that have assisted in the search since Saturday include the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, North St. Clair Rescue Squad, Talladega County Rescue Squad, Childersburg Rescue Squad, Etowah County Rescue Squad, Coosa Valley Rescue Squad, Alexander City Rescue Squad, Chilton County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama Marine Police, St. Clair County SWAT Team, Springville Fire Department, New London Volunteer Fire Department, Stemley Volunteer Fire Department, Munford Volunteer Fire Department, Renfroe Volunteer Fire Department, Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue, St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, Talladega County Emergency Management Agency, Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.
Surles said the dive team searched until about 4-5 p.m.
“We will have a boat in the water the rest of the week, but we have suspended the search involving the other rescue agencies who assisted us,” he said. “But we may have to call them back. We are doing all we can do. It is just sad—I feel for the family. We appreciate all the rescue agencies and personnel who have assisted. It is just amazing the help you can get.”
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