Coast Guard ends search for man who fell off Ambassador Bridge

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — Coast Guard search crews have ended their search this evening for a man who fell into the Detroit River from the Ambassador Bridge in downtown Detroit.

Missing is: Kent Morton, 27, of Garden City, Mich.

“The decision to suspend an active search and rescue case is the most difficult decision that our operators face,” said Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Settel, command center supervisor, Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “Our thoughts go out to Mr. Morton’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

In all, crews scoured a combined search area of nearly 300 square nautical miles of the Detroit River. Morton’s family has been in constant contact with the Detroit Police Department, who have been providing updates on the status of the search.

The communications watchstander at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, in Detroit, Mich., was contacted at 1:45 p.m. by bridge security, who received a call from witnesses who reportedly saw a man fall from the center span of the bridge. The man was last seen wearing work coveralls. There is no more information about any other safety gear that was worn or utilized.

A Coast Guard boatcrew, aboard a Station Belle Isle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, was already underway and was diverted to begin searching. A second RB-M crew was dispatched from Station Belle Isle, as was an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit.

Also assisting in the search was a Detroit Police Department rescue boatcrew with a dive team aboard and a helicopter crew from the Michigan State Police.

The center span of the Ambassador Bridge is about 150 feet from the surface of the water. The water temperature at the time of the accident was 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  1. Rose says:

    This is just so Sad.. Such a young guy.. My Sincere Sympathy To His Family. And to the Cost Guard for being there.