Rescue crews search for man who reportedly fell through ice on Detroit River

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

The Detroit Police Harbormaster and a team from the U.S Coast Guard searched for a man who reportedly fell through the ice on the Detroit River, authorities said Wednesday night.

The search was expected to halt Wednesday night but the rescue had not officially been called off. The Coast Guard said thin ice and the dark were limiting the search.

Ice floes on the Detroit River.

A 911 call from a witness came into emergency dispatch at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday about a man who was seen walking on the ice and fell through, said Detroit police Officer Holly Lance, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

"Our DPD Harbor Master team went out to attempt rescue with air support and U.S. Coast Guard," said Lance.

The 911 caller said the man was jumping up and down on the ice, , said Jeremiah Schiessel, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman for the Detroit sector.

"(Rescue crews) showed up but couldn't get to the spot (where the man was believed to have fallen in) because the ice was thin," said Schiessel on Wednesday night.

Schiessel said it was "not likely" that the search would end in a rescue. He said crews were not able to get to the spot where the man was reportedly last seen.

"It's not looking like this will have a good outcome," said Schiessel.

The man was walking near the 7000 block of East Jefferson.

A rescue helicopter that was part of the rescue effort  ended its efforts later Wednesday evening.