The 55-degree temperature of the Tennessee River might have contributed to the death of a 31-year-old construction worker who fell into it on Monday, authorities say.
The body of Abimael Contreras Martinez, of Morrison, Tenn., was found by rescuers and divers about 10:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday. Martinez was working on the new bridge on U.S. Highway 41 over the river when he plunged in Monday afternoon.
Tennessee Department of Transportation officials and local authorities said Martinez fell as he stepped from one barge to another.
Rescuers "spotted his body about 60 feet deep in the water, about 150 feet from where he fell in," Marion County Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said Wednesday morning.