Coast Guard, local agencies search for missing swimmer near Harsens Island, Mich.

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard and other local agencies are searching this afternoon for a missing man near Harsens Island, Mich.

The man’s name and age are unknown. This is the second missing swimmer the Coast Guard has searched for in two days.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received notification from local 911 dispatchers at about 11:30 a.m., that a man was seen jumping off of a bridge on Harsens Island, and he did not resurface.

Currently searching are an aircrew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., and personnel and assets from the Canadian Coast Guard, Clay Township, Ira Township and St. Clair County.

The current water temperature in the area is reported to be 56 degrees. There was no lifeguard in the area that the man was swimming.

The Coast Guard recommends people always swim near a lifeguard.  U.S. Lifesaving Association statistics over a 10-year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five times as great as drowning at a beach with lifeguards.


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