US Coast Guard Calls Off Search for the Evening for Man Who Fell From Ambassador Bridge

Wednesday January 11th, 2012

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Construction scaffolding hangs from the Ambassador Bridge, Wednesday Afternoon (Photo by: Owen Wolter)

The U.S. Coast Guard has ended their search this evening for 27-year-old Kent Morton, of Garden City, Michigan who fell into the Detroit River from the Ambassador Bridge.

“The decision to suspend an active search and rescue case is the most difficult decision that our operators face,” said Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Settel, command center supervisor, Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

“Our thoughts go out to Mr. Morton’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.” The U.S. Coast Guard says that their crews scoured a combined search area of nearly 300 square nautical miles of the Detroit River.

They say that Morton’s family has been in constant contact with the Detroit Police Department, who have been providing updates on the status of the search. The report came into the Coast Guard at 1:45pm.

A Coast Guard boatcrew, aboard a Station Belle Isle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, was already underway and was diverted to begin searching.

A second RB-M crew was dispatched from Station Belle Isle, as was an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. Also assisting in the search was a Detroit Police Department rescue boatcrew with a dive team aboard and a helicopter crew from the Michigan State Police.

The center span of the Ambassador Bridge is about 150 feet from the surface of the water.

The water temperature at the time of the accident was 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

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