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3/29/12-A patrol boat participates in the search for a missing worker on the Mississippi River. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

3/29/12-A patrol boat participates in the search for a missing worker on the Mississippi River. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) –  A diver has found a body in the Mississippi River near East St. Louis, in the same area where a worker on the new Mississippi River Bridge fell into the water early Wednesday.

Searchers had been looking for the man identified as 35 year old Andy Gammon,  but suspended an earlier search because of strong river currents.

East St. Louis fire chief Jason Blackmon said crews had to build an underwater barrier to deflect the river’s flow.

A diver from the Swansea Fire Department resumed the search Thursday afternoon and discovered a body around 5:45 P.M.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the worker was wearing a harness inside a four-wheeled aerial lift similar to a utility crew’s bucket truck when the equipment toppled into the water from a barge.   East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore says Gammon’s body was still tethered.

Police say the man’s family has been at the search site.

Federal workplace safety inspectors are investigating the accident.

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