Coast Guard continue search for missing person in Lake St. Clair

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit File photo by Seaman Brooke Sauers

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. File photo by Seaman Brooke Sauers

DETROIT — Response personnel from the Coast Guard and local agencies continue their search for a man who fell into Lake St. Clair Friday evening.

The Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center in Detroit received notification at about 8 p.m. local time of a 44-year-old male who fell off a 27-foot powerboat near Metro Beach on Lake St. Clair and never resurfaced. He was wearing a red life jacket, but it was not properly buckled and it came off as he hit the surface of the water.

A watchstander in the command center issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, diverted a crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores and launched a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. Local agencies also responded, augmenting a coordinated search that continued throughout the night. A Macomb County dive team was also on scene using a side-scanning sonar system to search beneath the surface of the water.

A Coast Guard response boat and helicopter continue to search the area using the daylight visibility to maximize any opportunity to locate the man. Personnel from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Macomb County Police and a Macomb County helicopter are also involved in the search. The Macomb County dive team will be on scene again as well.

Boaters in the area are urged to report anything they see that might correlate to this case.

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