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Coast Guard Suspends Search For St. Clair River Jumpers

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PORT HURON (WWJ) Following a 10-hour search for two jumpers on the Saint Clair River, the Coast Guard has decided to suspend the search.

“No sightings … didn’t see any clothing or anything of that nature.  But, at this point, we feel as though we can end the search doing anything we could to find them alive,” said Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi.

The Coast Guard Station in Port Huron was contacted around 1:45 a.m. Friday by a local 911 dispatcher, relaying information from a citizen who called reporting he witnessed a man and a woman jump into the St. Clair River from the shore in the area under the Blue Water Bridge. The Coast Guard  immediately sent crews out to look for the couple.

Niemi said they do not believe the call was a hoax. He said that although there has been no sign of them, there is still hope that the duo is alive, with the water temperature at a lukewarm 72 degrees.

“The fact is right now we just don’t know what happened,” Niemi said. “We don’t know if they entered the water and then quickly got right back out.

Niemi said the man was wearing black shorts but no shirt. He didn’t have a description of the woman.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing people, or witnessed anyone getting out of the water in that area, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center at (313) 568-9559.

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