Southfield man pulled from Detroit River dies

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Southfield man died after he was pulled from the Detroit River near Cobo Center on Wednesday morning, police said.

“He was seen jumping from the Detroit Princess Riverboat behind Cobo Hall around 10:35 a.m.,” Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

Moments after the 53-year-old jumped, he was pulled from the river by Coast Guard personnel stationed on a buoy tender that happened to be nearby for President Barack Obama’s visit Wednesday.

The rescue began with a 911 call after someone spotted a person “floating in the water” near Cobo, said Harbor Master Sgt. Michael Carpenter.

The Coast Guard vessel deployed a smaller boat to rescue him, Carpenter said.

“He was transported to the hospital and was dead on arrival,” Moreno said.

A Detroit police boat also responded but did not arrive until the man already was out of the water, Carpenter said.

“We respond from Belle Isle so we couldn’t get here before (the Coast Guard) got him out.”

The water temperature at nearby Belle Isle was just below freezing at 31.7 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.