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Rescue Efforts Called Off for Henderson Jumper

search called offHENDERSON, Ky. (2/10/14)― Western Kentucky and southern Indiana search teams have called off their efforts to find a man who jumped off the Twin Bridges at the northbound lane in Henderson around 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Henderson City, Paducah, Perry Township, and Union County Fire Departments, Ohio Valley Rescue and Henderson City and County Rescue began the search for the man, whose name has only been released to the family, on Saturday afternoon and ended at nightfall with no body found.

City of Henderson Fire Department Assistant Chief Jerry Vanden Brook says that even if the man survived the fall, there is little to no chance he survived the freezing waters because hypothermia sets in within 15 to 20 minutes in cold temperatures.

Four rescue squads went out for an extensive search again Sunday morning on the shoreline, but the man was still not found.

Even if the man made it to the bank, the air temperature, which was 20 degrees on Saturday, would slow his bodily functions, and cause him to have brain damage within four to five minutes, according to Vanden Brook.

With the search efforts indefinitely suspended for the jumper, the Henderson Fire Department expects the worst.

"What typically happens is bodies sink in cold water," said Vanden Brook.

The Henderson Fire Department concludes that the body may be found after floating to the surface in the next week or so.

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Taylor Riley
SurfKY News Lead Reporter

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