Search Continues For Man Who Jumped In Canal

Search Continues For Man Who Jumped In Canal
Friday, August 3, 2012 - 4:19pm

MCALLEN - A search party waits as fire officials scour a canal just south of McAllen. They are looking for Andres Frias,18.

"We are coordinating our efforts, right now we are search mode, to see, we think this is possibly a recovery because of the time period that has elapsed, since the individual was scene, last seen," said Pilar Rodriguez, Pharr Deputy Fire Chief.

Frias was fishing on the bank with his friends yesterday afternoon when he decided to jump in. That was the last he was seen. Now fire fire fighters are trying to search open water areas of the canal.

"The biggest challenge we are faced with is we have a segment of this canal that is underground and both submerged," said Rodriguez.

Authorities believe Frias got swept by the current into the underwater canal when he jumped in to cool off.

"Generally it is not recommended that the public swim in these facilities, again these facilities are designed to transport water for agriculture and for domestic water supply," said Rodriguez.

But family members said they didn't know things like fishing and swimming weren't allowed.

"There aren't any signs out here. There should be a barricade, there should be signs. no fishing, no swimming, there's nothing out here," said Ismael Iruegas, Family Friend.

News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray brings us more.

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