Crews are expected to continue searching today for an unidentified man who jumped off the Broad River Bridge on Friday morning.
Motorists reported seeing a white man in his mid-20s jump from the bridge's southbound lane at about 11:15 a.m., said Dan Byrne, spokesman for the Burton Fire District.
Byrne said the man dropped about 60 feet to the river below.
The Burton Fire District, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, Beaufort Water Search and Rescue and helicopters from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for the man for more than two hours.
"If he was on the surface, we would have found him," said Dick Jennings, spokesman for Beaufort Water Search and Rescue. "The only thing I can figure is that he didn't know how to swim. When he hit the water, he must have panicked, and that was probably it."
At about 1:30 p.m., the search was turned over to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Beaufort Water Search and Rescue. The two agencies are expected to resume their search today.
"It's likely a recovery mission at this point," Byrne said.