Coast Guard Conducts Search for Missing Boater

DETROIT – Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of a woman falling overboard from a recreational boat near the center of Lake St Clair late yesterday evening. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit is coordinating search and rescue efforts along with the Macomb County and St. Clair County Marine Patrols.

Approximately 7:45pm last night, Macomb County Emergency Operations Center received a call from a boat operator stating a passenger had fallen overboard. The operator was not able to recover the victim and had trouble communicating the situation, operating the boat and anchoring. A Coast Guard small boat from Station St Clair Shores was on a patrol and found the boaters in distress. Upon boarding, the male operator was found on deck, heavily intoxicated and unconscious. A female passenger was observed in the boat’s cabin; she was also intoxicated, unconscious, had a low heart rate and in need of immediate medical attention. The two were transported to Station St Clair Shores. The female passenger was then transported to St John’s Hospital for treatment. The operator is in custody of the Macomb County Sheriffs.

A third passenger, an approximately 25 year old female, remains missing. Initial reports indicate she fell overboard while the vessel was underway from 9-mile to Muscamoot Bay. Small boats from Macomb County and St Clair County Marine Divisions, Coast Guard Station St Clair Shores and a helicopter from Air Station Detroit conducted extensive searches. The Coast Guard helicopter and small boat continued their search efforts throughout the night near the St. Clair Crib Light. The Macomb County Sheriff conducted an investigation.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit reminds the boating public to heed all broadcast weather warnings during impending storms. People on the water should exercise caution, wear properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD/life-jacket), tell a family member or friend where they are going and when they will return, and have a reliable means of communication.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions from Alpena, Michigan to Vermillion, Ohio on Lake Huron, the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, Lake St. Clair and Western Lake Erie.

If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.