Crews not actively searching for man who fell into Truckee River

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Updated: 12/04/2012 4:35 pm
UPDATE: DEC. 4 - 4:30PM - According to Todd Keckley with Reno Fire, Reno Fire crews are no longer actively looking for the missing man, but have not forgotten about him. They have a couple spots along the river that they believe he may end up and are checking and driving by every day.

He is still listed as a missing person and has not been located.

3:30PM - Crews say they are looking for a 52-year-old homeless man named William Paul Clark, who was last seen wearing a grey, brown and blue jacket with blue pants.

Law enforcement has notified all hospitals to keep an eye out for him.

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- About 30 volunteers with Reno Fire, Sparks Fire and Washoe County Search & Rescue continue to search Monday for a male victim who fell into the Truckee River Sunday night.

According to Reno Fire Battalion Chief Todd Keckley the middle-aged man was swinging on a tree branch with a friend near Sutro Bridge when the branch broke and he fell into the river.

The witness did not see the man recover and get out of the water.

Search crews hit the water around 6:50 p.m. Sunday. Reno Fire kayakers searched the river from Sutro Bridge to about Rock Blvd. while Sparks emergency crews searched to Vista Blvd.

As of Monday morning Chief Keckley says they have not released the identity of the man, but they believe he lives in a camp by the river.

Sgt. Ralph Caldwell SAR/Special Operations Division with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office tells News 4 water conditions are better for the Monday search and it will aid in their efforts.

Sgt. Caldwell anticipates search crews will be on the water for most of the day Monday.

He also says it is still a rescue mission. Crews will not consider it a recovery mission until they've exhausted all rescue efforts.
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