Coast Guard searching for missing swimmer near Ashley River Bridge in Charleston, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard and Charleston City police are searching for a missing swimmer near the Route 17 Bridge which spans over the Ashley River Wednesday.

Missing is Jackie L. Washington, 22, from Charleston.

The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, that Washington and two men jumped off the Route 17 Bridge over the Ashley River in Charleston. Two of the three men swam to a local dock. Washington failed to make it to shore and was last seen treading water south of the Ashley River Bridge near the James Island Connector.

The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Charleston and an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston. In addition, rescue boat crews from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are also on scene.

The Coast Guard asks anyone with information regarding this search to please contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston operations center at 843-740-7050.

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