Authorities Searching for Man Witnesses Said Yelled for Help From Water Below Florida Keys Bridge

2 people who were fishing from the Channel 2 Bridge in Lower Matecumbe Key said they heard the man at about 4:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 19, 2013  |  Updated 4:21 PM EDT
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Two people said they saw a man floating in water and yelling for help underneath a bridge in the Florida Keys early Sunday, but authorities said they haven’t found anyone.

A Miami woman and her brother-in-law told Deputy Dave Stark that they were fishing from the Channel 2 Bridge in Lower Matecumbe Key when they were heard someone yelling for help from the water below at about 4:30 a.m., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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The brother-in-law tried to throw the man a rope, but he drifted from oceanside to bayside waters and they lost contact with him, the woman said.

They described him as a white male between 30 and 40 years old who was wearing a white shirt, the sheriff’s office said.

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The U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and marine deputies from the sheriff’s office turned out for the search, which involved two helicopters, the sheriff’s office said.

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So far no one has been found and no one has been reported missing, but the search continues offshore of the Lower Matecumbe Key area, the sheriff’s office said.

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