Coast Guard rescues man from Detroit River after he falls off breakwall

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off a breakwall and into the Detroit River in the vicinity of Mariner Park in Detroit late Friday afternoon.

At 4:47 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, in Detroit, received a report from a concerned citizen of a person in the water in the vicinity of Mariner Park along the Detroit River. A Station Belle Isle boatcrew diverted from a routine patrol aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and arrived on scene at 4:58 p.m.

Once on scene, the rescue boatcrew pulled the man out of the Detroit River. The RB-M crew suspected the man was intoxicated and contacted the Detroit Police Department and local emergency medical services.

Once they brought the man back to Station Belle Isle, the police officers placed him in handcuffs at the request of EMS personnel and followed the ambulance to a local hospital.

“We work closely with local agencies all the time, and we were proud to do our part in this rescue effort and assist the Detroit Police Department in keeping the man safe and out of any further harm to himself or others,” said Stephen Donnelly, a Coast Guard auxiliarist and the watchstander on duty for this case.

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