PORT HURON (WWJ/AP) – Officials plan to use a remote operated vehicle as part of the ongoing search for a 19-year-old Fenton man who disappeared in the St. Clair River during the annual Float Down event on the U.S.-Canada border waterway.
The Times Herald reports the St. Clair County sheriff’s dive team is to deploy the camera-equipped vehicle on Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office and the U.S. Coast Guard is looking for Brady Morton, who went missing Sunday.
According to officials, Morton was floating with a group of about 40 people when he left his raft to go swimming in the vicinity of Malcolm Marine. His friends say he never came back and they couldn’t say exactly when they last saw him.
People in tubes and rafts entered the river Sunday at Lighthouse Beach in Port Huron, 55 miles northeast of Detroit. They exited at Chrysler Beach in Marysville.
The Coast Guard suspended a search and rescue mission Monday night.
“Suspending a search and rescue case is an extremely difficult decision to make,” said Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Settel, the assistant command center supervisor at Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “The Coast Guard and partner agencies have exhausted all available resources with the information that was available. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brady’s family and friends.”
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