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Search suspended for man missing in Red River

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Rescue crews have ended their search late Thursday night for a man who jumped into the Red River from a railroad bridge along Clyde Fant Parkway.

Rescue crews searched using sonar equipment and scoured the shoreline to locate the man, who jumped into the water with a friend who survived.

There is no word yet on when the search will continue, but officials on the scene said they planned to send out recovery crews.

The two National Guardsmen jumped from a Kansas City Railroad bridge into the water just before 9 p.m. The other jumper was able to swim to shore, officials said.

Sgt. Alan Davidson, of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, said the survivor has done this several times and the second man wanted to try.

"They talked about doing it last night and they backed out because it was dark," he said.

Both men went into the water and surfaced. While they were swimming back to shore, the second man reportedly had trouble swimming, panicked and reached out to the first man, pulling him underwater a couple times.

"He turned around and the other man was gone," Davidson said. "He didn't see him again."

The identities of the two have not yet been released.

The survivor was taken to a hospital, but appears to be uninjured, Davidson said.

That man was about 20 yards out into the water when he last saw his friend. He made it to shore coughing because he swallowed some water and was out of breath.

Witnesses said the second man was treading water for a time, Davidson said.

"Nighttime's not good in this river," he said, referring to the jumping. "It's also illegal."

Kansas City Railroad has strict no trespassing rules, Davidson said, adding that no tickets have been issued, but that may change.

When these types of things happen, there is also a concern about how it will affect the public said Chief Louis Johnson with the Shreveport Fire Department.

"It's very, very dangerous obviously, not only that but if you are to have any type of problem at all the consequences are quite dire," he said.

"No matter what the weather is or the circumstances are, certainly that is all but forbidden that one would do that for safety reasons and simply public safety at large."

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