Body of Andy Gammon recovered in Mississippi River

9:34 PM, Mar 29, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - The body of the man who fell into the Mississippi River Wednesday morning has been recovered.

Authorities have confirmed the body of Andy Gammon was recovered Thursday evening around 6 p.m. He fell to his death in the Mississippi River Wednesday while working on the new Mississippi River Bridge Project.

U.S. Coast Guard and police rescue crews searched the Mississippi River north of downtown for more than five hours Wednesday, hoping to find 35-year-old Gammon who they say fell into the river around 10:30 a.m.

The Missouri Department of Transportation, the lead agency on the new Mississippi River Bridge, said Gammon was working from a barge just north of the tower on the Illinois side of the river.

MoDOT said Gammon was in a man lift, similar to a cherry picker, and was likely controlling the machine from the bucket he was riding in. The lift tipped over and went into the river with Gammon still in the bucket.

It's unknown if Gammon was wearing a harness or tethered to the machine, but regulations call for it, so it's likely, but not known for sure.

When divers went in to search for Gammon on Wednesday, they found 30 feet of fast-moving murky water, and suspended the search until Thursday.

Rescue teams brought in a makeshift breakwater to make it easier for divers to reach the area Gammon's body was located.

The man's family was notified Wednesday, and were at the scene when his body was recovered.

Construction on the bridge is on hold indefinitely.


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