Authorities in Fairbanks search for man who jumped into Chena River
Fairbanks authorities are searching for a 30-year-old man who went missing after jumping into the Chena River Sunday evening.
Sunday around 8:20 p.m., Tyler Cover of Fairbanks and another male jumped into the river from the foot bridge by Golden Heart Park, said Fairbanks spokesperson Amber Courtney in a release.
Cover reportedly tried to swim to the north side of the shore, but witnesses said he was pulled into the center of the river. He was last seen near the Cushman Street bridge.
The other male swam to the south shore and made it out of the water safely, Courtney said.
Witnesses called 911, and the Fairbanks Fire Department, along with other agencies, responded. Search teams combed the area in boats and on foot, and a body recovery net was set up.
The search was suspended at 12:30 a.m., and FFD turned the search over to the Tanana Chiefs Conference Village Public Safety Officers.
Authorities ask Chena River recreational boaters to be mindful of the recovery net, which extends across the full width of the river at N64 58.6125' W150 47.5841'.
According to witnesses, Cover was playing around with friends, who were challenging each other to jump into the river, Courtney said in an email.
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