St. Mary

Dec 21, 2010 5:48 PM by Maddie Garrett

Man Missing After Fall Off Calumet River Bridge

Search and rescue teams are scouring the Calumet River looking for a man who's been missing since Monday night. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office 22-year-old Lewis Mills of Georgia, LA, had fallen into the river just after 11:00 p.m. Monday.

"When officers responded, it was learned that he had been walking the rail with two individuals that were there and apparently slipped and fell into the water," said Maj. Mark Hebert with the Sheriff's Office.

Boaters on the Calumet River know that its waters can be deep and swift.

"Right up by the bridge is pretty bad, they got a lot of whirl pools and bad currents," said boater Christian Scioneaux.

It's there under the Highway 90 bridge that rescuers are looking for Mills. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the Coast Guard and Wildlife and Fisheries as they search for any signs of Mills.

"We've pretty much canvased the whole calumet area along the banks and attempts are made to locate him if he was treading water," said Hebert.

The search started immediately Monday night and has continued through Tuesday. Early Tuesday morning they started dragging the river, which means they're possibly looking for a body.

"He's still considered a missing person and we're still going to pass this information onto boaters and things in that area. And we're not only dragging but we're also running boats up and down the Calumet cut in an attempt to locate the individual," said Hebert.

Mills does have a wife and young daughter. He came to Patterson last week for work. His family says they just want to find their son, and are grateful for all the search efforts. If you have any information on Mills, you're asked to call the the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office at (337) 828-1960.



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