Coast Guard rescues woman from Detroit River

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Belle Isle in Detroit rescued a 46-year-old woman from the Detroit River near Belle Isle Wednesday morning.

A 911 dispatcher notified Coast Guardsmen at Station Belle Isle that the woman was in the water at 12:24 a.m.

A boatcrew launched from Station Belle Isle aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium seven minutes later to search for her. The Coast Guardsmen located her about 30 yards from shore on the southwest side of Belle Isle at 12:36 a.m. and brought her aboard the RB-M. The crew wrapped her in blankets because she was hypothermic and transported her to awaiting EMTs at Station Belle Isle. She was then taken to a local hospital for additional treatment.

The Coast Guard reminds those planning to recreate on or near the water to dress for the water temperature as opposed to the air temperature. Although the air temperature was 49 degrees, which is unseasonably warm, the water temperature in the area was 36 degrees – cold enough to cause hypothermia in a relatively short period of time.

It is unknown how the woman entered the water.

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