Authorities searched the Wappoo Creek for several hours this past weekend but never found an intoxicated man who reportedly jumped from the Wappoo Bridge not once, but twice Saturday night.
A group of people aboard a boat told Charleston police officers they saw a man floating in the middle of the creek about 10 p.m. and offered him help. The man, who appeared to be either drunk or under the influence of drugs, told them he needed "a tow," according to a Charleston police incident report.
The man was described as having a shaved head, wearing no shirt, dark blue pants and a rope tied around his waist to hold the pants up, the report said.
The boaters dropped the man off at the Crab House Restaurant, where he told another witness he was going to jump off the bridge. The witness said he later saw the man on top of the bridge and within a few minutes saw the man floating in the water.
Charleston police, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad all responded to the creek about 10:30 p.m. Authorities used the side-scan sonar to search beneath the surface without any success.
The search continued until 2:30 a.m. Sunday and then resumed again at 6 a.m. It was finally called off at 10 a.m. because of inclement weather.
The man was not found, according to Charles Francis, public information officer for Charleston police.