USA. Coast Guard, local agencies conclude search for missing man on Lake St. Clair; body recovered.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Detroit — The Coast Guard and local agencies concluded the search for a man missing in Lake St. Clair since Friday evening after the body of the victim was found and recovered, Saturday.

The 44-year-old man was located and recovered by the Macomb County Dive Team under water and near the location where he went into the water.

The search by the Coast Guard and partnering agencies spanned more than 15 hours and covered the equivalent of more than 130 square miles.

“We realize that this is a most difficult time for the family and friends of this man, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them,” said Lt. Ben Chamberlain, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit spokesperson. “We want to remind everyone who goes out on the water to understand the risks, always be vigilant to help minimize accidents, always wear a life jacket and have a working knowledge of your safety equipment.”

The Coast Guard command center in Detroit received notification at about 8 p.m. local time Friday of a 44-year-old male who fell off a 27-foot powerboat near Metro Beach on Lake St. Clair and never resurfaced. He did not know how to swim. He was wearing a life jacket, but it was not properly buckled and came off as he hit the surface of the water.

Coast Guard assets from Station St. Clair Shores, Air Station Detroit, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary responded, searching throughout the night and into Saturday morning, along with a Macomb County patrol boat and helicopter. The Macomb County Dive Team also searched using a side-scanning sonar system to search beneath the surface of the water.

For additional information, contact Lt. Ben Chamberlain, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Public Affairs Officer at 313-701-6016.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 June 2017 )