Authorities in Clarksville, Tennessee are currently undergoing a search and rescue effort to locate a missing Fort Campbell Soldier who jumped into the Red River and hasn't been seen since.
Officials downgraded the search attempt from search and rescue to a recovery effort officially this afternoon implying the likelihood for survival is incredibly slim at this point.
Both local city as well as county search crews, along with those in the Coast Guard, have all been involved in the search and rescue efforts for the soldier since late Friday night.
Today was the first day where the water was actually calm enough to search the area in full force, with divers using both sonar and high tech reading tools to attempt to find the man.
The Montgomery County EMA officially confirmed that the 24 year old man is a Soldier who was based at Fort Campbell, but officials have not released his name on condition of notifying his family and the last grain of hope that he may be found alive.
According to witnesses, the Soldier was reportedly involved in a fist fight in the parking lot of the Electric Cowboy bar on North Riverside Drive on Friday night, at which time he was heavily intoxicated.
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According to Clarksville Police, the man became "belligerent" soon thereafter and fell into a puddle while he was challenging bar staff to fight him, and he was forced to leave the premises.
The Soldier then reportedly made his way into the Red River where it is believed he may have fallen in. Montgomery County officials have said they do not suspect foul play was involved in the incident.
Several law enforcement agencies including EMS, Clarksville Fire & Rescue, and several law enforcement officers from Clarksville Police Department have tried looking for the Soldier at several different locations along the river since this last Friday but unfortunately never located gin.
Authorities say that rescue crews were unable to use boats on the Red River on Friday night because conditions were too dark and dangerous.
Officials also attempted a second series of search efforts on Saturday and Sunday, but the water levels were too high and swift.
"It's sad, you know, just to think of a person losing their life. It's sad," said Jerry Buchanan with Montgomery County EMA.
Buchanan said they will continue searching until they find the soldier. The TWRA has also now been called in to help investigate.
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