Coast Guard searching for possible person in the water in the Detroit River

9th Coast Guard District NewsThe U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water in the Detroit River near Belle Isle, Mich., about two miles south of Lake St. Clair.

Ongoing search efforts have delayed the scheduled start of the Detroit APBA Gold Cup Race, which were to begin at 8 a.m Saturday.

The Coast Guard received a report this morning of an unmanned personal watercraft running in circles in the Detroit River. The watercraft is an 8-foot Sea Doo with registration numbers MC8195NW.

“The Coast Guard is working closely with race organizers, and regrets the delays the search is causing” said Lt. Justin Westmiller, command center chief at Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “But, we have to conduct a thorough search of the area and look for any other signs of distress.”

Currently searching are a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Mich., a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., and an MH-65C Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and a marine unit from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with any information regarding a missing individual or people in the area that see any signs of distress should contact the Sector Detroit Command Center at (313) 568-9524.

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