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ID released; Rescue officials try to recover man at Marine boat basin

First responders search for man in river (Source: WALB) First responders search for man in river (Source: WALB)
Michael Backey, 52 (Source: APD) Michael Backey, 52 (Source: APD)
First responders on the scene (Source: WALB) First responders on the scene (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

First responders continue their search for a man who drove his pickup truck into the Flint River. Units of the Albany Fire Department sent a diver down, and a boat on the water at the Marine base boat basin, on the banks of the Flint River.

Authorities say Michael Backey drove his white Ford F-350 truck down the ramp, and into the river.

AFD rescue said the windows of the truck were closed, and there was a chance of rescuing the man alive. Divers said he was not in the truck, which was 150 yards from the ramp, in about 10 feet of very dark water.

"Current is very strong. We were all weighted very heavy and still had to fight the current to stay intact with the truck.  And do a search of the truck," said Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose.

They hold out hope that he is still alive. Boats are patrolling the shoreline, searching for him.

Backey is a black man, 5' 9" and weighs 289 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, gray pants, and work boots.

After an hour of searching, the boat returned to shore with only AFD personnel aboard. The coroner and ambulance have left the scene.

The Department of Natural Resources, elements of the Albany Police Department, and Dougherty County Police remain, as they investigate the case.

"Continue our search, on land and we are going to have a boat back and forth on the banks of the Flint," said Assistant Chief Rubin.

This location is south of town, off Radium Springs Road, near the city limits.

Divers checked a 50 foot radius around the truck and have found nothing, so the search of the river banks continues with some hope.

Anyone with information about Backey is asked to call Albany Police at 229-430-5260.

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