Rescue crews searching for missing swimmer in Ashley River

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston rescue crews have resumed their air and water search for a swimmer who went missing near the Ashley River Bridges.

The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday that three men jumped off the Route 17 Bridge and two of the three men swam to a local dock. Jackie L. Washington, 22, of Charleston, did not make it to shore and was last seen treading water south of the Ashley River Bridge near the James Island Connector.

Rescuers are still searching for Washington. The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot rescue boat crew from Station Charleston and an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston.

In addition, rescue boat crews from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are also on scene.

According to Charleston police, Washington was yelling for help from the river. Police also said the tide appeared to be flowing out towards the sea quickly.

The search was called off around 4:30 a.m., but resumed at daylight.

The Coast Guard asks anyone with information regarding this search to please contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston operations center at 843-740-7050.

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