Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water in the Detroit River

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for a possible person in the water in the Detroit River at 12:48 p.m., Saturday.

A Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement from Station Belle Isle, Mich., a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., an MH-65C Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and a marine unit from the Wayne County Sheriff’s office searched approximately seven miles of the Detroit River, from Belle Isle to the Ambassador Bridge.

The Coast Guard launched the search after receiving reports of an unmanned personal watercraft turning in circles in the Detroit River.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters leave float plans with friends or family members before getting underway. A properly-filled-out float plan can provide the Coast Guard with valuable information if a boater gets in trouble and is unable to contact emergency responders. The float plan should include whom to contact if the boater is overdue.

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with extremely great care and deliberation. After a probable search area is saturated with the appropriate number of assets and resources – and maximum crew effort has been expended – and persons in distress are still not located, a decision is made to suspend a case.

The Coast Guard can resume a search if credible information is received that persons reported missing have survived.

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