AFD: Body found in Rio Grande near Alameda bridge


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Hours after a 911 caller reported someone screaming, floating down an arroyo, rescue crews discovered a body.

Rescue crews were set up at different areas after that initial call.

KRQE News 13 is told the Corrales Fire Department was near Alameda at the Rio Grande when they saw someone floating in the river.

Corrales was working with the Albuquerque Fire Department. AFD says crews recovered a man’s body just before 7 p.m. Friday evening.

They say they cannot confirm, however, if it’s the same person someone reported seeing just before 4 p.m.

That person called 911 saying they saw a man screaming, floating in the arroyo near Carlisle and I-40. They don’t believe the caller knew the man, he just happened to see it and report it.

Crews were set up all along the North Diversion Channel. AFD says when someone gets swept up in deep, rushing water in an arroyo like that, there’s no way to overpower it.

“The water is extremely powerful…and when it’s six, seven, eight-feet high, it’s running about 35 mph, it’s extremely fast,” AFD Commander Paul Dow said.

Albuquerque Police were also on scene as the rain continued Friday evening.

Officials say they haven’t yet been able to identify the man whose body was recovered.

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