Search for possible drowning victim continues

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department will resume its search of the Rio Grande Friday afternoon after a possible drowning was reported Thursday night.

A witness told Albuquerque Fire Rescue they saw someone in the river near Central. Crews searched the area around 6 p.m. Thursday but did not find anything.

The operation was transferred to the Open Space Unit around 9 p.m. The search was called off late Thursday night and will resume Friday at 2 p.m.

First responders say high levels and fast-moving rapids have resulted in a spike in distress calls.

“We have a lot of fast-moving currents, faster-moving undertow currents, and also eddies and hidden dangers under the water,” said Bernalillo County Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations Brian Rose.

Officials have rescued several people in the last few days. They say you should stay out of the water until levels subside. If you do decide to enter the river, always wear a life vest.

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