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LONGVIEW, Wash. -- A man fell from the Lewis and Clark Bridge into the Columbia River around 11:30 a.m. Sunday and is presumed drown, dispatchers with the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Department said.

The US Coast Guard had a helicopter and a boat searching for the man but suspended its search at 2:20 p.m.

Workers on the bridge told deputies the man was working on a platform directly under the bridge. One of the workers looked over and saw him fall from the middle of the bridge's span.

Authorities are investigating what caused the man to fall. His co-workers described him as very safety conscious and experienced at bridge work.

Deputies did not release the man's name or any further information.


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